Gay USA: Brutal anti-gay assault in Brooklyn; NYPD falsely arresting gay men

At the top of the news, a brutal attack on a man in Brooklyn who was perceived as being gay because he was walking arm and arm with his brother has left Jose Sucuzhanay, 31, brain dead and has been taken off life support. We incorrectly reported that he had actually died based on published reports on Tuesday and he indeed may have by the time you see the show.This week we explore an outrage in New York where police are falsely arresting gay men for prostitution. The scandal was exposed by Duncan Osborne of the Gay City News and he will join us for our last twenty minutes along with Robert Pinter, one of the gay men arrested in this disgusting abuse of police power. You can read Duncan's story at:http://www.gaycitynews.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20213303&BRD=2729&PAG=461&dept_id=568864&rfi=6Mr. Pinter has started a group called the Coalition to Stop the Arrests, You can contact him at [email protected] will be a town hall meeting for the Coalition to Stop the Arrests on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009 at 7 PM at the LGBT Community Center in NY at 208 W. 13th St. The meeting is co-sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project and the Center's Office on Public Policy and Governmental Relations.NOTE: I chastise our out gay elected officials and myself as an activist on the show for not doing enough to protest these false arrests. I should say that after taping our report, out gay State Senator Tom Duane of Chelsea and the West Side did indeed call me back and is looking into this outrage. We all have to get activated when police power is abused in this way because it makes us all targets of a tremendous injustice.ALSO IN THE NEWS:RIGHTWING FREAKS ACCUSE GAYS OF MOB VIOLENCENEWSWEEK COVER STORY MAKES RELIGIOUS CASE FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGEIOWA HIGH COURT HEARS CASE FOR SAME-SEX MARRIAGETHE NEW DEMOCRATIC MAJORITY IN THE NEW YORK STATE SENATE IS IN TURMOIL, JEOPARDIZING THE MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL (Since we taped, a deal with three renegade Democrats to vote for Malcolm Smith as Majority Leader was nixed by him and the Democrats may have to wait another two years to win a true and loyal majority.) Gay couples can go to CT, MA, or Canada to get legally married and it will be recognized in NY. Legislation is needed to open NY marriage bureaus to gay couples. To see how you can help, go to the Pride Agenda website at www.prideagenda.orgTHE U.N. WILL CONSIDER RESOLUTIONS TO DECRIMINALIZE HOMOSEXUAL ACTS, BUT THE U.S. IS NOT ON BOARD AND THE VATICAN IS OPENLY OPPOSING IT. Go to www.gayusatv.org to see how you can help by contacting the outgoing and incoming administrationsANDY REVIEWS LIZAAND WE'LL REVIEW PROP 8: THE MUSICAL; which you can see at www.funnyordie.comGay USA, a weekly news-hour, offers comprehensive news and analysis by and about the LGBTQ community. The program features lively repartee between hosts Ann Northrop and Andy Humm, as well as interviews with special guests. Produced at Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Gay USA airs several times a week on Free Speech TV. Each week’s complete episode is streamed on www.freespeech.org and is available as an RSS feed.

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