Some stories are harder to post about than others, and this is one of them. A young guy from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala was disowned by his family for being gay. They threw him out with nothing. He left home and got a job working in a clothing store. What happened after that leaves me cold.
Earlier this year, local gang members began extorting him for money. The men repeatedly called him a “faggot piece of shit” and a “whore.” One day in March, they ganged up and forced him to perform oral sex on them.
The incident, which marked the third time he had been sexually assaulted, left Amezquita-Guzman traumatized. He decided to flee Guatemala shortly afterwards, traveling up through Mexico and finally crossing the Rio Grande into Texas.
He fled to the US seeking asylum and it only gets worse.
Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement detained Amezquita-Guzman in May. He was sent to a privately-run detention facility operated by Corrections Corporation of America in the state of Georgia where he filed a claim seeking asylum.
“He could have been released on bond, and he wasn’t,” Amezquita-Guzman’s lawyer, Patrick Valdez, tells the Blade. “My client’s not a danger. He doesn’t have a record in his country or in this country. His record is impeccable. And he had a legitimate asylum application and he had to litigate his case in custody the whole time. That was unfortunate.”
After fighting for one year, he was finally granted asylum. The rest is here.
Gay Sword Attack
This allegedly happened between two middle aged straight men. The grown straight men were watching "a game" and one said the other had "homosexual tendencies," which started a shitstorm that led the one accused to get a sword and start flinging it around at the accuser.
Voices were raised. Punches were thrown. The two men wrestled their way into the kitchen, before a third man finally broke up the fight and told them to “take it outside.”
The fired up 44-year-old went outside and waited. When Cowboy finally emerged from the building, he was wielding a two-foot sword, which he began wildly swinging in the air. He struck the man once in the head and twice in the left arm before the injured man said he was calling the cops, upon which Cowboy dropped the sword and ran away.
All that, because one didn't want to be accused of being gay. That's the shame we all have to worry about the most. There's nothing wrong with being gay...even if you're not gay. You don't need to defend yourselves with swords. The rest is here.
Family-Friendly Pink Flamingos John Waters
I like some of John Waters' work, but not crazy about it all. I recently tried watching a documentary about Divine and I got so bored I couldn't stand it a minute longer. Even the documentary couldn't make Divine look good, which I doubt Divine would have minded in the least. However, from a writer's POV I do find this interesting and I do think Waters is a genius of sorts for what he does. I can appreciate certain forms of art, but I wouldn't hang it all in my home.
In any event, Waters is going to recreate a kid, family-friendly version of his 70's cult film, Pink Flamingos. I don't think this is a hoax.
“I’ve always said that if you took out the sex and the violence, that it is a children’s story because it’s the battle of the gross-out, and that’s what most kids’ books are now,” John Waters recently told the NYT about his upcoming plans to turn his 1972 cult classic Pink Flamingos into a family-friendly story.
“Kiddie Flamingos” will feature an all-kid cast, who will “wear candy-colored wigs, cat-eye glasses and at least one pencil-thin mustache (drawn on, of course)” while they are filmed doing a table read of the new script.
The reason I find it so interesting is because I did the same thing with Chase of a Dream when I released it in two different versions, one with sex and one without any sex scenes at all. In the future I'll be experimenting more with that, plus rewriting a great deal of back listed books, in order to do almost the same thing. Just not for kids. Maybe Walters is trying to break into a more mainstream market?
You can read more about Waters here. I'll be looking out for this one. I've seen a lot of mixed commentary about it, but I think it's a fascinating idea. And good for him for competing with the all the cultural appropriation happening these days. He must be watching all that closely, too. CA is when people coming from a place of privilege try to dominate a minority by taking on their characteristics and creativity.
Chase of a Christmas Dream