Earlier this week Marquez Tolbert gave an interview with Channel 2’s Nicole Carr to recall the events that should be considered a hate crime towards him and his boyfriend. The interview was painful to watch as Tolbert’s describes the night of the attack by someone he knew.
On February 12th Marquez Tolbert (in the featured picture up top) and his boyfriend Anthony Gooden lay asleep when they were awoken to scalding hot water on them both. Their attacker Martin Luther Blackwell who at the time was dating Gooden’s mom was apparently disgusted by their relationship. A man who’s name is similar to the late Dr. Martin Luther King is disgusted by someone’s sexual orientation shows how much work we still have to do even in 2016. I don’t even have the words. This man said that he couldn’t stand to see two men laying together so he took it upon himself to be hateful. Sounds familiar? When the oppress become the oppressors but that’s another story I will save for a later date. Let me just be clear there are plenty more angry men like Blackwell and it’s up to us to stop them.
“They was stuck together like two hot dogs, so I poured a little hot water on them and helped them out,” Blackwell told investigators. “They was stuck like two hot dogs. They’ll be alright, it was just a little hot water.” Project Q Atlanta
Well, that little hot water caused second & third-degree burns and left Marquez and Anthony at Grady Hospital for more than a week. This man who didn’t even live at the residence felt it necessary to boil water and pour it on this woman’s child? Parents protect your children. Stories like this are not unusual as I receive them in my email every week. Either they are abused at home, school or put on the streets it’s real trust me. I’ve been fortunate enough to not experience some of these things but I do sometimes wish my family was more accepting when I was younger. This would’ve let me be more open with them and kept me from making stupid mistakes.
I’m thankful that Anthony’s mother stood by him and accepted her son. Not too many mothers would allow their son to bring their boyfriends in a house and let them sleep. I commend her and I wish more would be open to this. If you don’t love them someone else will and it won’t be the love that you can provide.
Marquez & Anthony will recover from this with the help of good people by their side. I will definitely keep them in my prayers. I also pray for the mother because I do not want her to feel as if it were her fault. It wasn’t and no one could have predicted this. We have to also be mindful of others hateful comments towards any group of people.
A GoFundMe has been started for Tolbert’s burn recovery CLICK HERE to support him. I encourage all the Jays to donate anything they can and I will as well.
‘Ru Paul’s Drag Race’ Star Chi Chi DeVayne Passes Away at 34-Years-Old
Zavion Davenport, better known as RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Chi Chi DeVayne has died at the young age of 34, fellow alum Trinity K. Bonet confirmed on Instagram today.
The Drag Race contestant had been diagnosed with scleroderma, also called crest syndrome, back in 2018.
Fans and other contestants of the show had been sharing the DeVayne’s payment information to assist with the overwhelming cost of hospital bills. Shea Coulee and Priyanka had been especially involved in raising funds for their fellow alum.
‘Real Housewives of Potomac’ star Candiace Dillard Makes Fatphobic Comment Towards Blogger and Suggest That He “Drop Dead”
*deep negro spiritual sigh* There are very few things that truly anger me. Somehow, Candiace, a woman whose mouth seems to get her beat up often, has found one of those few buttons with her latest statement.
So, here I am, minding my fat ass business when I see this:
Rumor has it that she was talking about Kyle from The Black Socialites. It really doesn’t matter who she was talking about, but I guess we’ll never know because she didn’t have the courage to say a name. She did have the courage, however, to talk about her involvement with “plots” against other cast members. She was able to talk for two hours, under the glow of her pale husband’s flickering TV screen, about absolutely nothing of substance.
There are uprisings happening, a pandemic happening, but she’s worried about “plotting” in the DMV. We just passed the 6th anniversary of Michael Brown’s death. That’s in her backyard. That’s a pain that she should be deconstructing. Instead she chooses to attack a fat Black man who is working hard to bring her show press.
I’ll end with the victim’s words, and we can all go back to not knowing Candiace exists:
Trump Administration Cuts Protections for Transgender Americans
On Friday, the Trump administration announced it would be rolling back an Obama-era rule protecting transgender Americans from discrimination in health care.
Under the Obama administration, Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act expanded the definition of sex discrimination to include discrimination based on one’s gender identity. Under a revised version of the rule, the Department of Health and Human Services will enforce Section 1557 “by returning to the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology” beginning in mid-August. In other words, doctors and insurance companies receiving funding from the Fed can legally refuse any patient needing transition-related medical care.
Of course, as quickly as the rule was finalized, many LGBTQ+ organizations including the ACLU,announced intentions to sue the Trump administration over this new language. “The Trump admin has issued a rule that will embolden health care discrimination against transgender people.. All while a global pandemic is occurring.” said the ACLU in a tweet.
Forget a global pandemic, ACLU. Friday’s announcement came on the fourth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub tragedy, a mass shooting at a popular Florida gay nightclub that left 49 people and the shooter dead.
President Trump has made it clear how he feels about the nearly 1.4 million transgender people in this country, his fellow Americans – he doesn’t feel anything.