July 18th, 2013

It seems that any progress is fleeting when it comes to anti-gay hate crime prevention. CNN Justice reported the following story on October 11 from their New York Bureau regarding three victims who were assaulted, sodomized, imprisoned and robbed by nine men ranging in age from 16 to 23. The last of nine named suspects in a series of anti-gay beatings is “just appalled” by the attacks and had nothing to do with them, his lawyer said Monday after the man surrendered to police. Ruddy Vargas-Perez, 22, was taken into custody late Monday afternoon, according to the New York Police Department. Eight other men were arraigned Sunday in the Bronx, where all nine live. His lawyer, Benjamin Heinrich, told reporters outside the police station where he was arrested that his client was “absolutely not” involved in the October 3 attacks. “Ruddy is just appalled by what these people have done to the victims in this case,” Heinrich said. “He had no part in it whatsoever.” The case involved three victims being held against their will by as many as nine assailants who beat them in a vacant apartment and sodomized two of them, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said Friday. A fourth victim was beaten and robbed in connection with the attacks, which New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg described as “torture.” “I was sickened by the brutal nature of these crimes and saddened at the anti-gay bias that contributed to them,” Bloomberg said Saturday. “Hate crimes such as these strike fear into all of us.” Ruddy faces arraignment Tuesday. Of the other eight suspects in the attacks, six have been ordered held without bail. A judge set bail for the remaining two suspects at $100,000, the borough’s district attorney’s office said Sunday.Video: 8th arrest in alleged hate crime The string of attacks began when members of a street gang calling themselves the Latin King Goonies learned that an aspiring member is gay, authorities said. According to Kelly, the 17-year-old pledge was forced into an unoccupied apartment around 3:30 a.m. Sunday and questioned about his contact with a 30-year-old man. He was thrown into a wall, forced to strip naked, hit in the head with a beer can, cut with a box cutter and sodomized with the wooden handle of a plunger, the commissioner said. His assailants let him go, but threatened to hurt him or his family if he talked, Kelly said. The victim went to a hospital for treatment, but claimed his injuries were from an attack by unknown assailants on the street, the commissioner said. The same day, another 17-year-old was beaten and questioned about the same 30-year-old man, robbed of jewelry and held against his will in the same vacant apartment, Kelly said. About an hour after that, the 30-year-old man was lured to the location where the second 17-year-old was being held, was forced to strip naked and was tied to a chair opposite the teenager, Kelly said. The teenager was forced to hit the older male several times in the face and burn him with cigarettes, after which the suspects assaulted him with their fists and a chain and sodomized him with a small baseball bat, the commissioner said. The 30-year-old man was later dumped outside his home, he added. Five of the suspects then went to the apartment the 30-year-old victim shared with his older brother and let themselves in using a key they’d taken from the man, Kelly explained. They beat the man’s brother and demanded money from him. When he refused, the assailants put a cell phone to his ear and he heard his younger brother say that he was being held against his will and to “give them the money,” the commissioner said. The older brother told the suspects where they could find the money, after which they tied him up and left the apartment, Kelly added. All nine of the suspects live in the Bronx, police said. The hate crimes task force took over the investigation, Kelly said, and coordinated with the Bronx Gang Division and Bronx Special Victims Squad to help identify and capture the suspects. Pending charges against them include unlawful imprisonment, abduction, sodomy, assault, robbery, and menacing, all as hate crimes, the commissioner said. The crimes and arrests have attracted national attention. “It is tragic to see what hate can do,,” Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights group, said Saturday. “These three men were brutally attacked … simply for who they are.”


May 21st, 2013

Men and women are equal in nature. This is true regardless of the roles that society assigns to each gender. Whether you trace the human ancestry from the Garden of Eden or from the jungles of Africa, we were made equals with one another from the beginning. It was not until much later that men began to dominate women the way that we see happening in so much of the world today. For example, there is ample evidence that the earliest religion centered on the worship of the deified mother.

Throughout history, societies have assigned Read the rest of this entry »


March 23rd, 2013

Men who are secure in who they are normally don’t support the type of sexist legislation that is becoming so predominant on America’s political landscape. It seems like new laws are being proposed almost daily that would limit women’s choices concerning a variety of aspects of life, and although most of them are never enacted into actual law, they are showing no signs of ceasing to exist or even slowing down. Some people even believe that the last election was an actual hatefest Read the rest of this entry »


June 16th, 2012

Everyone is equal, no matter their background, race, religion or sexual preference. Most people know this, some people know this and ignore this, and some people do not believe this to be true.

Not only is discrimination against the law in a lot of settings, it is a basic human right and dignity to have. That right should not be taken away by anyone, whether it be an individuals but governments and corporations as well. Unfortunately discrimination exists Read the rest of this entry »


September 15th, 2011

Nature has devised a plan to continue each specie by allowing for procreation. All species have the male and female counterparts called gender. Modern society has replaced gender with the misleading word “sex” which has given it the opportunity of being open to interpretation. Sexism is used to denote a trend of prejudicial behavior against males or females based on their gender and not on their race which has often been the more typical use of prejudicial behaviors.Is this new to you? Catch up here Showing prejudicial behaviors towards someone because of their gender is sexism. Other Read the rest of this entry »


August 31st, 2011

Sometimes people pick and choose their equality. While some may express outrage about racial discrimination, they may shrug at inequality in marriage. Or some might decry unequal pay because of gender, ignoring the gaps in wages based on race and ethnicity.

Discrimination is discrimination, regardless of the people targeted or the means of discrimination. It’s a common misconception that you have to be a member of a group to react to unfairness, but you do not have to look like the group, act like the group, or live like the group to understand the harm that bias Read the rest of this entry »


August 19th, 2011

Equal means equal in all aspects of life regardless of whom you are or where you come from and many people have forgotten this. It is important for people to understand that men and women are equals. In most work places, men are given priority preference for promotions and women are often punished for wanting to have babies and take maternity leave to heal their bodies and care for their newborns.

The gay marriage debate has become one issue where straight men and women think that Read the rest of this entry »

Helping Women in Your Life Stay Safe

July 10th, 2011

Every man has females in his life he wants to stay safe, and despite the huge strides in equality in this country, man on woman violence is still a big issue. Here are a few of the best safety tips you can give the women in your life for staying safe this summer…
Guard your home – If your female companion lives alone, it’s important their home be a safe place. This means installing proper locks and windows and even contacting an alarm system company Read the rest of this entry »


April 19th, 2011

We dream of equality in our country regardless of race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. We pass laws, declare ethical ideas, and preach acceptance. However, as much as we love the idea of equality we have not yet achieved this goal.

Mankind is judgemental and until we let go of our preconceived notions and accept that what is right for one is not necessarily right for all, equality will remain an improbable dream. Freewill and freedom are both our greatest blessings and our largest stumbling blocks.

Freewill, and the freedom Read the rest of this entry »


April 6th, 2011

Everyone wants equality but it seems that some people are more equal than others. Racial, gender, and alternative lifestyle demands for equality are creating a new inequality. Men are feeling the pinch of inequality in the world but this should not the case. When one is looking for equality they should consider all facets of human kind–even men! They should have the same rights as minority groups like women, Latinos, and gays.

As the world becomes a smaller place thanks to technology and the United Nations, Read the rest of this entry »