8-year-old Gabriel Fernandez was allegedly beaten to death by his mother and her boyfriend. In the past, the couple had called Gabriel gay, punished him when he played with dolls and forced him to wear girls' clothes to school.
Not only does Michelle voice the Arkansas Family Council's and FRC's anti-LGBT bigotry and undying dedication to inciting baseless moral panic, but perhaps above all else, they have teamed up to demonstrate a complete ignorance about the issues at hand—namely, a lack of basic legal protections and respect for various members of Arkansas' community.
Today, as people gather in New York City to remember the one-year anniversary of the brutal murder of Islan Nettles, Michael Silverman penned an op-ed for the New York Daily News that calls on justice to be served, not just for Islan, but for the many others who have faced violence around the country and the world.
Earlier this year, anti-LGBT activist Matt Barber opened a conservative website called BarbWire.com. The site's title is an obvious play on Matt's surname, but it might as well refer to the insults and sneers (or "barbs") for which the nascent site has become known, with the majority (and the worst) of those directed to the LGBT community.