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    CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE News about attacks in Roanoke on gay and lesbian people who had just left church and on the earlier Backstreet Cafe shootings.
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 5, 2001
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      CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE

      News about attacks in Roanoke on gay and lesbian people who had just
      left church and on the earlier Backstreet Cafe shootings.

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      Saturday, August 04, 2001
      Attack at church shatters feelings of safety
      By KIMBERLY O'BRIEN
      The Roanoke Times
      http://www.roanoke.com/roatimes/news/story115879.html

      Armen Grigoryan fled his country to escape anti-gay bias.

      There, in Armenia, the 28-year-old could have been jailed for even
      admitting he was gay. In the United States, he knew he could be free
      and live as he wanted. And for the past year, he's felt safe in
      Roanoke.

      Until Wednesday night. That's when he and his partner, Richard
      Justus, were attacked after they left their church. It happened after
      they waved to some friends and started to get into their car. <MORE>

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      Saturday, August 04, 2001
      Roanoke officials and citizens once again rally in support of victims
      of anti-gay violence within the city
      By LINDSEY NAIR
      The Roanoke Times
      http://www.roanoke.com/roatimes/news/story115886.html

      In response to an attack on two gay men in Roanoke this week, the
      local NAACP chapter on Friday denounced the act and promised
      continued support for strengthened hate crime legislation.

      "This clearly demonstrates that we stand together," said Brenda Hale,
      president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
      People's Roanoke chapter, at a press conference at Lee Plaza Friday
      afternoon. <MORE>

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      Friday, August 03, 2001
      2 attendees and the pastor suffer bumps and bruises
      'Gay bash' attack at church reported
      By KIMBERLY O'BRIEN
      The Roanoke Times
      http://www.roanoke.com/roatimes/news/story115826.html

      <SNIP> The Rev. Catherine Houchins, pastor of the Metropolitan
      Community Church of the Blue Ridge on Kirk Avenue Southwest, was also
      struck in the face when she tried to call 911 on her cellphone, she
      said. <SNIP>

      Houchins and the two men were not seriously injured - a black eye and
      a few bumps and bruises - but the incident shocked Houchins'
      congregation, which has been enjoying the relative peace since last
      September's fatal shooting at the Backstreet Cafe. One man was killed
      and six others injured when Ronald Gay opened fire inside the
      predominantly gay bar. <MORE>

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      Anti-Gay Attack at Va. Church Leaves 3 Injured
      By Josh White
      Washington Post
      Saturday, August 4, 2001; Page B01
      http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A29996-2001Aug3.html

      Minutes after finishing a Bible study session and prayer service at a
      predominantly gay church in Roanoke, two congregants and the church's
      pastor said they were attacked by three men who screamed
      anti-homosexual slurs at them.

      The assault occurred a little more than a week after Ronald Gay, 55,
      was sentenced to four life terms for the September 2000 shooting at a
      gay bar in Roanoke that killed one person and injured six others. ...
      Roanoke police said the attack occurred about 8:30 p.m. as groups of
      congregants were leaving the Metropolitan Community Church of the
      Blue Ridge after a regular study and prayer meeting. <MORE>

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      RECENT NEWS RELATED TO the last year's Backstreet Cafe shootings in
      Roanoke
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      Commentary
      Sunday, August 05, 2001
      The sentencing of Ronald Gay
      Someone who kills another person is not 'a nice guy'
      By BILL CONNELLY
      http://www.roanoke.com/roatimes/news/story115929.html

      A NUMBER of things about the reports of the recent sentencing of
      Ronald Gay are very disturbing - from "life sentences" that sounded
      more like multiple slaps on the wrist to professional people saying
      Gay is "frankly, a nice guy, a likable guy who has some really
      repugnant beliefs."
      Someone who kills another, especially a gay man like Danny
      Overstreet, is not a nice man. <MORE>

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      Thursday, July 26, 2001
      Hackers struck on day gunman was sentenced
      Roanoke 7 Web site vandalized
      By TAD DICKENS
      The Roanoke Times
      http://www.roanoke.com/roatimes/news/story115449.html

      Hackers destroyed messages and left an epithet on the message
      board of Roanoke7.com, an anti-hate-crime Web site, on the day
      Backstreet Cafe shooter Ronald E. Gay was sentenced to four life
      terms for murder and malicious wounding, according to the site's
      director.

      In a second incident a day later, a derogatory message was
      posted, said Eddie Ratliff, who started the Web site and the
      organization Out to Change in response to the shootings. <MORE>

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