The Texas shooting of two lesbian teens has sparked public outcry from homosexual rights activists all over the country -- quickly turning this into a very high profile case. While a description of a suspect has just been released, investigators are still trying to figure out why someone shot these two girls, while others are fighting against the possibility that this very well could have been a hate crime.
The Human Rights Campaign is among the gay and lesbian advocacy groups condemning this shooting as a hate crime, and probably for good reason given the process of judgement. Nonetheless, without more evidence this can't be known for a fact. Equality Texas is also involved but their deputy executive director has already made factually incorrect statements regarding the rate of hate crimes in the state. He says he's satisfied with the investigation thus far -- but that probably doesn't mean much and isn't very surprising.
From Washington, D.C., to San Francisco, vigils were held in the memory of Mollie Olgin, the girlfriend of Mary Kristene Chapa who died during the attack. This shows that there are hearts full of sympathy all over the country for these two women, but will there be justice?
The latest update comes with the release of the suspect's description. The suspect is being described as a white male in his 20s with dark hair. He is 5'8" and weighs around 140 lbs. So that blows the idea of a "lesbian love triangle" that many apologists for bigotry have been calling out to "laugh off" the possibility that this was a hate crime. It's offensive, some of the comments you see in discussion forums and even on these article posts, by people who refuse to acknowledge that crimes fueled by hatred of homosexuality do in fact occur. With the suspect being a male, there are new possibilities. Perhaps one of the young women had dabbled in bisexuality and this was an attack based on jealousy and vengeance. Perhaps the girls dabbled in drug use and upset a drug dealer. Perhaps, just perhaps, this was a lunatic who hated homosexuals and especially hated women like many of that mentality do.
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