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Prostitution, drugs motivation in Ala. lesbian beating case?

Mallory Owens via Facebook

Anger over prostitution and drug use was the motive for the brutal Thanksgiving Day beating of a 23-year-old Alabama lesbian, according to Ally Hawkins, girlfriend of Mallory Owens, who was attacked by Hawkins’ brother. But in a written statement today, Owens stressed that Hawkins does not speak for her and said that both her girlfriend’s brother and father had threatened her in the past.

“It will be a very long time before I feel safe again. This sort of attack whether it is proven to be a hate crime or a crime derived from one man’s hate of another human being should not happen to anyone in this country,” Owens said, after noting that Hawkins’ father had also previously “threatened me with harm based on my relationship with his daughter.”

“No one should have to endure an attack the way that I did. Neither should a mother have to see her daughter in the state that my mom had to see me,” Owens said.

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Ala. lesbian beating victim: Attack was not ‘hate crime’

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The Alabama lesbian that was brutally beaten during a Thanksgiving dinner at her girlfriend's father's home now claims that the attack was not a hate crime.

Mallory Owens, 23, was attacked by her girlfriend's brother Travis Hawkins, Jr., Thursday, Nov. 22, at the home of her girlfriend.

Hawkins was charged with second degree assault but because Alabama does not include gender identity or sexual orientation in the state's hate crime legislation, the crime cannot be classified as a hate crime, at least not through Alabama's laws. The FBI is also investigating the attack and could still recommend that Hawkins be charged with a hate crime under existing federal laws.

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Ala. lesbian beaten at girlfriend’s Thanksgiving dinner

Mallory Owens via Facebook

A 23-year old lesbian from Mobile, Ala., was allegedly beaten by her girlfriend's brother on Thanksgiving in what some are calling a blatant anti-gay hate crime. Mallory Owens was attacked by Travis Hawkins, Jr., Thursday, Nov. 22, at the home of her girlfriend, Ally Hawkins, according to Alabama NBC affiliate Local 15.

Hawkins has been charged with second degree assault.

Equality Alabama, a statewide LGBT organization, is continuing to collect facts surrounding the case, according to State Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Jefferson), the organization’s chair. Equality Alabama is confident in the investigators, Todd added in a phone interview with GA Voice today.

“The only reason she was beaten is that she was the partner of the sister,” Todd said.

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[Video] LGBTQ youth of color to ‘Ignite’ activism in Atlanta Sept. 14-16

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More than 150 LGBTQ young people of color from states in the Deep South are gathering in Atlanta this weekend for the first-ever “Ignite 2012 Queer and Trans Youth of Color Convening”  that will include networking, workshops, resources and, perhaps most important of all, providing a place for LGBTQ young people living in rural communities to realize they are not alone.

Organized by Atlanta-based SPARK, which works for reproductive justice in Georgia and the South, the convening will bring together youth from Virginia, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, New Orleans, Tennessee and Texas as well as Georgia.

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‘Stride Into Pride’ steps up with numerous events, parties planned before Atlanta Pride arrives

It's time to start dusting off your gay apparel (and shoes) with more than a dozen events and parties planned for "Stride Into Pride" during the weeks and days leading up to Atlanta Pride set for Oct. 8-9.

From parties at Jungle and the W Midtown to a legal forum and an AIDS vigil, Atlanta Pride is offering numerous options for people to become involved before the weekend fest at Piedmont Park.

Included as part of "Stride Into Pride" is a public invitation to Yom Kippur services with Congregation Bet Haverim. Atlanta Pride this year is held during Yom Kippur, which led to talks between the Pride committee and members of the gay-founded Reconstructionist synagogue to find a way to honor the Jewish holy day during Pride.