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Houston Voice, No. 1005, January 28, 2000 - File 013. 2000-01-28. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 17, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2595/show/2574.

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Title Houston Voice, No. 1005, January 28, 2000
Contributor
  • Hennie, Matthew A.
Publisher Window Media
Date January 28, 2000
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
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  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript 12 NEWS JANUARY 28, 2000 • HOUSTON VOICE Activists say Miss, killing may have been hate crime > Continued from Page 5 "j\ny position being taken by authorities that this wasn't a hate crime, we feel to be a smoke screen and a cover-up," Romanello told Houston Voice. "It was New Year's Eve—not just the turn of the year, but the rum of the decade, the century and the millennium—and to say that two straight guys went to a gay bar and picked up and murdered a gay guy, on that evening, and it wasn't a hate crime, is bullshit," he said. Other local and national activists said they are very concerned, but taking a more cautious approach. Tolbert's body was found in Alabama, and his alleged killers will be prosecuted in Mobile. But the Alabama Gay & Lesbian Alliance isn't currently pursuing the case as a hate crime, said spokesman David White, although the group is continuing to monitor press reports and talk with activists about the issue. "Until I really know that for sure, I don't want to publicize it and be embarrassed later on," White said. The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force is "very closely following the lead of the local [activists]," said spokesman David Elliott. "We don't have any independent information that would suggest it is a hate crime, but we are staying in contact with the local groups because they are the ones to make that determination and that will need our support. "We want it fully investigated, but we are not brashly jumping to any conclusions," he said. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs is also monitoring the case, said board member Jeffrey Montgomery, who also serves as executive director of the Triangle Foundation, Michigan's statewide group addressing anti-gay violence. "This looks a lot like an anti-gay motivated crime, although I'm not saying it is or it isn't," Montgomery said, listing the fact that Tolbert was killed—and the especially violent way he was killed—as warning signs prompting his concern. Insisting that Tolbert was only killed so Kabat and Bentley could steal his car appears "wrong-headed," Montgomery said. With most car-jackings, he said, "the person wants the car and doesn't want to spend a lot of time with the victim." In Tolbert's case, in contrast, "we have what is typical of most gay killings—this overkill aspect, where in this case he was brutally beaten and strangled," Montgomery said. "It takes time to do that, and car-jackers don't take that much time." If prosecutors take these factors into account and still don't believe Tolbert's death was a hate crime, they owe the area's gay residents a more complete explanation of why the possible motive has been ruled out, Montgomery said. A 'kind-hearted' friend Almost three weeks after he went out to celebrate New Year's with friends at Joey's, Tolbert was buried last Thursday in Mississippi. Those who knew Tolbert remembered him as an open, caring person who would do anything for his friends. "He was always so kind-hearted to everyone," said Jon, a gay Gulfport, Miss., resident who asked to be identified only by his first name. Speaking with Houston Voice the day of Tolbert's funeral, Jon recounted how he and many friends felt too "shaken up" to attend the memorial service. "They buried him an hour ago.... We were hit pretty hard, and we decided to let them spend that time with family," he said. "We're going next week to visit him at his grave." Jon said he first met Tolbert through mutual acquaintances, and the two had grown to be close friends over the last year and a half. "He was a very caring person, very open-hearted. He had a large circle of friends on the coast, and he would go out of his way for anybody," Jon said, his voice filled with emotion. At the time of his death, Tolbert was living with his parents while his home in George County was being renovated, according to Jon. Renaldo, who is from Jackson, Miss., said he met Tolbert and saw him several times at Joey's, where Tolbert was a regular. "He was really always smiling—he had good vibes about him, fun vibes," Renaldo said. "He was always laughing and stuff, and he didn't say anything negative." With Jamie Tolbert, 'we have what is typical of most gay killings—this overkill aspect/ said Jeff Montgomery, a spokesman for the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects. Both Jon and Renaldo said Tolbert's death had a profound effect on the area's discrete but tight-knit gay community. "Everyone is talking about it, and everyone is concerned, but in the same sense, there is a spirit of support," said Renaldo. Renaldo predicted Tolbert's death could be the impetus to drive the community to greater visibility. "We all looked at the Matthew Shepard thing, and it was shocking, but now it has happened to one of our own," he said. "We've dealt with a lot of stuff in Mississippi, like the comments Trent l.ott made about homosexuals, and we sat here and kept our mouths shut about it. I think right now everyone is very upset and tired of it," Renaldo said. You don't know h_ how or why it happened... BUT IT DID You wake up and the anxiety starts. The realization that you didn't catch his name, let alone the details of his past. Was the idea of condoms lost to desire? Without someone to talk to, the anxiety builds. That's where Project CAESAR's Think Negative steps in. Finally, a place where gay HIV negative men can meet, talk and share their experiences in a cool environment with other HIV negative guys. Project CAESAR's Tltink Negative is a free 3 week series group that starts Feb 1st at 7:00p.m. For more information, give the CAESAR staff a call at 713.623.6796 or e-mail us at: projectcaesar@hotmail.com Space is limited, so email us today for reservations. Project CAESAR is the Gay Men's Health Initiative at AIDS Foundation, Houston. Its the Choice of a Lifetime. Project CAESAR. Begin It Now.
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