The Los Angeles Police Department’s Internal Affairs division is investigating openly gay officer Stacey Simmons (pictured left) for what her accuser is calling a gay-on-straight hate crime. I happen to be her accuser.
On May 26th, members of the GLBT community marched through West Hollywood in protest of the California Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Proposition 8, passed by the majority of California voters last November. As usual, protesters accused those in favor of traditional marriage of being hateful and intolerant. However, as I attended this rally and others in the past, I have found the GLBT community to be the more hateful, intolerant, and occasionally violent side of the debate.
I attended the protest to remind observers of the opposing voice which represents the majority of Californians. My sign read, “Stop HATING democracy. TOLERATE my vote.” I was aware of the risk involved in going alone, but the ample police presence brought me comfort and assurance that I would be okay. Little did I know that the greatest threat to my rights and safety would come from openly gay LAPD officer Stacey Simmons.
As I marched peacefully, Simmons’ attention was drawn toward me by a heavy-set woman screaming in my face. This angry protester shouted threats such as, “you better be afraid” and posed a clear threat to my safety. In an obviously biased move by gay LAPD officer Simmons, instead of addressing the threat to my safety by the angry woman, Simmons became more physical than any of the protesters and used her body to shove me to the sidewalk. Now separated from the hateful protester, Simmons, under Captain Jeri Weinstein’s (pictured right) supervision, had me hand-cuffed by other officers without providing any details of the situation before she fled the scene.
At what point will we realize that the GLBT community, including Officer Stacey Simmons, will not let menial obstacles such as democracy or the rights of others stand in their way of getting what they want? I realize I would be hard-pressed to find much sympathy or support for what I feel is a gay-on-straight hate crime. However, imagine this scenario had been reversed and a strait LAPD officer failed to address a Yes on 8 protester threatening a gay demonstrator and then denied the homosexual of their right to peacefully protest. The media would be shouting the injustice from the rooftops and the ACLU would mercilessly pressure the LAPD for that officer’s resignation. Unfortunately, as a straight white Christian male I apparently don’t have the right to have my voice heard and certainly won’t be given the greatly rewarded and elevated title of “victim”. So much for equal rights.