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Hate crimes vigil this Sunday

"Chris, please stop!"

That's what Scotty Joe Weaver was screaming as Christopher Gaines tightened the rope around his neck. Then Chris and two others beat him. Then they carried his body into the woods and set fire to it. After urinating on it.

Scotty was gay. He was targeted because of his sexual orientation.

Scotty lived in Bay Minette. He was murdered in 2004.

The 12th annual Hate Crimes Vigil will take place Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 3:00 on the steps of the state capitol in Montgomery, AL.

A free concert by The Shouting Stones begins at 3pm.

Keynote Speaker: Gwynedd A. Thomas, Ph.D.
First openly intersexed or transgender faculty member at Auburn University.

Music by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Choir.

Presentation of the 3rd Annual Billy Jack Gaither Humanitarian Award

Sponsored by Alabama NOW, Color It Pride, Equality Alabama, Immanuel Presbyterian Church, New Hope Metropolitan Church, PFLAG, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

Billy Jack Gaither was also murdered because of his sexual orientation in 1999.  His beaten and burned body was found in Coosa County.

This high profile murder also allowed the hatred of the religious extremists to be exposed as Baptist preacher Fred Phelps brought his clan to Birmingham to protest at the memorial service for Billy Jack.

The intolerance and hatred needs to stop.  Until it does, an inclusive hate crimes law is needed in this state.  Come and give your support and be a part of this moving experience.




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