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    CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE A news release from the NATIONAL COALITION OF ANTI-VIOLENCE PROGRAMS ... NATIONAL COALITION OF ANTI-VIOLENCE PROGRAMS (NCAVP)
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 13, 2001
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      CALLED OUT INFORMATION SERVICE

      A news release from the NATIONAL COALITION OF ANTI-VIOLENCE PROGRAMS

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      NATIONAL COALITION OF ANTI-VIOLENCE PROGRAMS (NCAVP) RESPONDS TO
      EVIDENCE OF HOMOPHOBIA IN AFGHAN BOMBING MISSION

      "We have seen an Associated Press photograph of a bomb being loaded
      onto the USS Enterprise, one of the ships involved in the current
      U.S. attacks in Afghanistan. In the photo, graffiti written on the
      bomb, apparently destined for an Afghan target, is appalling. The
      warhead is scrawled with the message "Hijack this Fags." The U.S.
      Navy must address this very serious and dangerous demonstration of
      homophobia. It's not enough to excuse this because of the heightened
      crisis facing the country. Homophobia is wrong during war or during
      peace," said Richard Haymes, NCAVP Board Member and Executive
      Director of the New York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project.

      "The message equates gays with the 'enemy,' it places gay, lesbian
      and bisexual servicemembers, who are serving as honorably as anyone
      else at this time at risk and dishonors them. It also denigrates
      gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans who perished in the
      attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, fought to save
      others over Pennsylvania on doomed United Airlines Flight 93, and
      who valiantly rushed to assist those after the attacks on their
      roles as firemen, police officers, emergency personnel, and private
      citizens. All of this at a time of alleged national unity, " Haymes
      concluded.

      "In the last weeks, Jerry Falwell and Lou Sheldon have been
      criticized for their ridiculous comments that tried to cast
      lesbians and gays, among others, as being responsible for the
      attacks on September 11, and for statements that gay and lesbian
      survivors should not receive aid and assistance. They were,
      appropriately, cast as foolish, offensive and contemptible," said
      NCAVP Board member, Jeffrey Montgomery, Executive Director of the
      Triangle Foundation in Detroit. "The warhead on the USS Enterprise
      is as contemptible and a far more serious instance of gay-bashing
      because it comes from those charged with our protection and
      defense. We deal with anti-gay statements, violence and sentiment
      every day, however, it is the context of this instance that is so
      chilling."

      Contact: Jeffrey Montgomery (313) 537-3323 or
      (313) 506-1847
      jeff@...




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