Queer News

Posted in Uncategorized by kirstan27 on March 30, 2010


On November 14, George Steven Lopez Mercado, a gay teen, was found by the side of a road in Puerto Rico. He was partially burned, decapitated, and dismembered, both arms, both legs, and the torso. The issue is that the police are condoning the behavior of the killer by making the statement on T.V saying, “People who lead this type of lifestyle need to be aware that this will happen.”

I selected this particular news item because even though it’s old and happened in November I had no idea that this had happened in Puerto Rico. This story was so sad and I feel that this story needs to be shared with the world. That the ignorance of people is still here and sometimes we forget about the gay struggle outside of America. As we are making process in America there is still a lot of work that needs to be done. It is sad that our LGBTQ brother and sisters in other countries don’t have the same discrimination laws as we do or are not as enforced as ours are. This offers insight to race and queer because it is a stereotype that minorities especially the Latino community has a harder time with people accepting them than other ethnicities. This also shows that queerness does a lot of times disrupt and complicate race affiliations. This is why some of the people of Puerto Rico agree with murder the murder of George Mercado and along with their law enforcement. The institution of Puerto Rico has not developed as much as the Americans and has not realized the ignorance homophobia embedded in the system affects the community. They even say in the article that never in the history of Puerto Rico has a murder been classified as a hate crime. Even though we have to follow federal mandates and laws, many of the laws in which are passed in the USA such as Obama’s new bill, do not always directly get practiced in Puerto Rico. This is sad and I hope that George gets the justice he deserves and the police force of Puerto Rico change their thing because it is pure ignorance.


Microsoft on Friday modified the Xbox Live code of conduct for profiles for Xbox live users. Xbox Live users are now free to express their race, religion, nationality and sexual orientation in profiles at the popular online videogame community because they felt they it unintentionally excluded a part of Xbox Live community.

I selected this article because many people play Xbox and all other system but I feel some never pay attention to the profiles of what you can or cannot do. I think it was great that they thought about the gamer community and wanted to make sure that people could express their race and sexual orientation. As mentioned in the article,” they truly believe that our diversity is what makes us strong: diversity in gaming and entertainment options, and diversity in the people that make up this amazing community.” As our society changes and tries to eliminate institutionalized homophobia and heteronormative thinking, this effort to not exclude people is a beautiful thing. When society mentions the word diverse you think of many different cultures, races, and sexual orientation. With the word diverse comes many different issues and discrimination against these groups. This reflects a particular understanding of race-queer knowledge by showing that race and sexual orientation will always have an interconnection because certain races and queer people will always fight for rights and equality.


On Sept. 22 , 2009, a woman was sexually harassed because she is a transgendered female. She was abused by the Sonoma County Sheriff’s when she attempted to report being stalked. Her violations of civil rights included illegal search and seizure of her property and have been forced to move from Sonoma County due to what she feels is a complete lack of justice from law enforcement and local officials.

This article gives society insight on the ignorance we still live in today. Even though society is working to destigmatize homophobia it still exists and the LGBTQ community still suffers from discrimination. This is sad that because she was a transgendered woman they made a mockery of her. The police are supposed to keep you safe not hurt you. Now this woman will live with the idea that no one will protect her because of her sexual orientation and that can be mentally stressful. The idea of feeling alone and not safe is sad and it’s unfair that society casts out queers but transgendered people more. The fight is not over for minorities there is still work to be done. This reflects a particular understanding of race-queer knowledge because queers are minorities just as much as Blacks, Latinos, and Asians. So their interconnection of being minorities will always remain and their struggles to be treated equal will be around for a very long time.


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  1. cni1 said, on April 29, 2010 at 4:11 pm

    Microsoft might have modified the options for player profiles on XBox LIVE, but in my experience with online gaming, no one really checks the player profiles in between games. There’s always the case of trolling or the occasional friend request, but otherwise the point of being on LIVE is usually for the multiplayer. And waiting in lobbies for a game to start is where kids start spewing racial, sexual, and gender slurs just because they can–all in the name of anonymity.

    Most people who have experience with XBox LIVE and a reasonable maturity level understand that keeping quiet gives you less of a headache and you save yourself from sounding like a moron. As far as my friends and I are concerned, none of us really care about what personal information is on our profile over the achievements we unlock from various games. While Microsoft may have modified the capability for personal content in a gesture to expand on diversity, I feel that those familiar enough with being on LIVE aren’t really going to utilize it.

    I could be wrong. I’m going off how my friends and I play.

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