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  • The Trials of Jamaican Gays Can the national culture move toward tolerance?

    Jamaica is famous for its Caribbean beaches, relaxed attitudes. Behind that veneer is a hostile home for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people. After one recent grizzly death, where a mob that killed 16-year-old Dwayne Jones, the nation’s top law enforcement officer proclaimed that Jamaica did not have a problem with intolerance. Documents, data and interviews told a much different story. Plus a strong US connection: how our country is feeling the effects of Jamaica’s anti-gay climate, as gay refugees seek political asylum in the United States, and many are getting that protection.
  • THE BOOK OF MATT

    THE BOOK OF MATT is about my investigation into the real circumstances behind the 1998 murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, which the national media essentially reported as an open-and-shut case of anti-gay hate. As a gay man, I felt an added moral imperative to follow the evidence, without regard to political considerations.
  • George Alan Rekers and the Rent Boy

    George Rekers is a major anti-gay activist who pioneered a so-called clinical "cure" for homosexuality in the 1970s. The Miami New Times caught him vacationing with an escort from rentboy.com.
  • Did these women molest two girls?

    The series examines the evidence presented at the trials that convicted four women of sexually assaulting two girls in the 1990s. The story documents the lapses in police work, the flawed credibility of the accusers, a prosecutor's exploitation of anti-gay stereotypes and more.
  • Jim West: A Spokesman-Review Investigative Report

    From his days as a Boy Scout leader to sheriff's deputy in the 1970s, through his career in the Washington legislature in the 1980s and 1990s, until becoming mayor of Spokane in January 2004, Jim West abused his positions of trust. The investigation showed that West had sexually molested boys as a sheriff's deputy and Boy Scouts leader, that as a secretly gay Republican state legislator he pushed anti-gay legislation and that as mayor of Spokane he offered City Hall jobs and appointments to teenagers and young men he met on a gay web site.
  • Immigrant Journey

    Brown covered the story of immigration from Ecuador to Queens County, NY, the most ethnically diverse county in the nation, from both ends of the journey. He found that Ecuadoreans bring their prejudices with them, such as anti-gay opinions and a belief in the inevitability of corrpution in politics. But they also send money back home that keeps the country's economy afloat.
  • The Matthew Shepard Story

    This ABC 20/20 documentary is a re-examination of the circumstances surrounding the 1998 murder of 21-year-old Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The investigation revealed that the motive behind this high-profile homicide was more complicated than the anti-gay motive originally imagined. For example, the investigation found methamphetamine use by the perpetrator, Aaron McKinney, played a role in the crime, sources who say the killer and victim were not strangers, and sources who claim that Aaron McKinney was bisexual and not uncomfortable around gay people.
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    The percentage of Americans with a gay friend or acquaintance has more than doubled in 11 years. The San Francisco Examiner looks at progress made by homosexuals in America in the last seven years and the problems yet to be overcome by homosexuals. This story examines homosexual marriages, homosexual families, AIDS in the homosexual community, the anti-gay movement, and the new gay youth. (June 24 - 30, 1996)
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    In These Times (Chicago) reports on the rise of anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-gay high-tech video games being marketed on the black market by neo-Nazi groups to the youth throughout Western Europe, especially Germany and Austria, where 22 percent of the country's high schoolers had played them; there is the likelihood that the hate-mongering games will cross the Atlantic, Aug. 21, 1991.
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    Village Voice (New York) exposes the latest tactic of the religious right in its fight against gay and lesbian rights: the promotion of statewide ballot initiatives in six states that write anti-gay bias into law; the potential laws are based on the U.S. Supreme Court's Hardwick decision giving states special permission to discriminate against gays, June 2, 1992.