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Possible Anti-Gay Serial Killer In Chicago?

Jim Burroway

December 28th, 2007

Two recent murders of openly gay African-American men are leading some activists in Chicago to wonder whether there’s a connection between the two:

On November 17, 24-year-old Larry Bland was shot to death in his Englewood home. Bland, a security guard at Northwestern Hospital was shot more than once after struggling with a man who had entered the house through an unlocked basement door.

Then on December 23, 47-year-old Donald Young, the choir director at Trinity United Church of Christ, was shot multiple times in his South Side apartment. His roommate found his body.

“We’re calling on the police department to let the community know what’s going on,” said Marc Loveless of the Coalition for Justice and Respect. “Are we under attack? Is this a serial killer?”

So far, police aren’t willing to draw a connection between the two. They also say there’s no evidence so far to suggest the crimes are hate crimes. But in a neighborhood where gays and lesbians are very unwelcome, the two men’s sexuality is muddying the waters for some. Lynn Bland, Larry’s brother remarked, “Englewood? Come on. That’s why a lot of gay guys won’t come out, because they fear for something like this to happen,”



December 29th, 2007 | LINK

I go to the Englewood neighborhood for my job sometimes. I would never let out that I’m transgender while I’m there unless in a safe building building with safe people. I know some mtf trans people who live in similarly bad neighborhoods near by and I greatly admire their courage.

I don’t know if these are hate crimes, but LGBT people in those areas almost always stay in the closet or move to another part of the city.

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