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Oct 17 2016
Until Proven Innocent: A Review Of SOUTHWEST OF SALEM Comments (0)

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I am sometimes embarrassed to tell a woman the name of my blog, usually resorting to, “It's Boy Culture ... but we love girls, too!”

I've never felt less attached to the name than when I was watching the new documentary Southwest of Salem, which details the heartbreaking case of four Latinas from San Antonio, Texas, whose lesbianism almost certainly led to their being imprisoned for heinous crimes they did not commit; their story was almost certainly made possible by good ol' boy culture.

DSC00728The four women with their lawyer (Image & video by Matthew Rettenmund)

The San Antonio Four—Elizabeth Ramirez, Kristie Mayhugh, Cassandra Rivera and Anna Vasquez—were a tight-knit group of friends who found themselves accused, in 1994, of gang-raping Ramirez's two young nieces. The girls told a wild tale of drug-fueled, Satanic-driven group sex, an expert testified that the girls' hymens were damaged and that's all their community and the local media needed to hear.

Convicted, Ramirez pulled over 37 years and her friends each received 16. Only problem is, they didn't do it, and the crime for which they were convicted almost beyond a doubt never happened in the first place.

When one of the girls accusing the women grew up and found she could not remember anything negative happening at all, she confronted her father, a man with plenty of reason to have an ax to grind when it came to his sister-in-law. He allegedly threatened her with taking her children away if she refused to stay silent. She went on the record anyway, and he did try, unsuccessfully, to meddle with her custody.

Her admission led to Vasquez's parole, and Vasquez made it her mission to help her fellow accused. Their long, torturous struggle makes up Southwest of Salem.

Director Deborah S. Esquenazi has turned in a sobering, no-frills documentary that painstakingly details the case, which has yet to fully resolve; the women are currently free, but as the film shows, they are still fighting for justice.

Esquenazi documents how the expert testimony in the original case was not only flimsy, but later disavowed by the same expert who gave it; how the police seemed all too eager to lump the crime in with the last gasp of the now totally debunked Satanic ritual abuse epidemic (the film's only arty flourish is a sequence of footage from the Silent Era that eerily communicates the accusers' over-the-top fabulism); and how the legal system is set up to keep admissions of error extremely hard to solicit, let alone receive.

Most impressively, the director accomplishes this while telling the very human stories of the women, and of the accuser who set out to make things right years later.

She also deftly touches on the role (or lack thereof) of the nascent San Antonio gay community back in the '90s when the case first achieved notoriety, and on the roles of Catholicism and family in the women's lives.

Portions of the Q&A from the screening I attended:

There are many deeply moving sequences in Southwest of Salem—which has no shortage of parallels from which to draw in comparing the Massachusetts witch hunts of the 1600s with the way POC and LGBTQ people are still routinely treated by the U.S. justice system—including scenes of despair and of joy long withheld. For me, the most compelling scene is when an elderly, white, male, Texan judge is tasked with deciding whether a case he himself presided over may have gotten it wrong. One question he asks will chill you to the bone, and should lead any right-minded citizen to ask a dozen more questions about the efficacy of our system.

Don't miss this important film—check out its official site here and donate to the women's cause here.

Oct 14 2016
Yet Another Trump Accuser: Republican APPRENTICE Season 5 Castmate Comments (0)

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Gloria Allred hosted a presser just now featuring Summer Zervos, a contestant on Season 5 of The Apprentice. Zervos read a statement accusing of Trump of luring her into a situation in which he pressured her for sex and put his lips and hands on her.

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Raped In Jail, Then Sent A Bill For It Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-10-14 at 9.51.51 AMRape should never, ever occur in prison. (Video still via FOX13)

Via Crime Watch Daily: This is an example of why I am touchy when people make easy prison-rape jokes, even when referring to highly unlikable inmates:

One man who was sent to jail—not federal prison—for 30 days for violating his probation on a marijuana charge (which already shouldn't be illegal) says he was raped by a fellow inmate, that the inmate then traded what sounds like drugs with a guard, that he was then immediately raped again and that when he was sent for medical treatment ... he was handed a $920 bill for the ambulance ride.

The victim claims he was also strongly urged to recant his story by another prison guard, who said he was friends with the rapist.

Watch/listen to his story after the jump ...

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Oct 13 2016
CRIME WATCH DAILY Explores Real Story Behind KING COBRA Comments (0)

Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 10.00.33 AMHarlow Cuadra & Joe Kerekes (Video still via Crime Watch Daily)

Many gay fans already know the story behind King Cobra, the new movie starring Christian Slater, James Franco, Keegan Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 10.02.27 AMAllen and Garrett Clayton and featuring Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald. Now, Crime Watch Daily (for which I do some work) is going over the case in minute detail, including fresh from-prison interviews with the men who killed porn impresario Bryan Kocis in an effort to gain the services of porn star Brent Corrigan.

Boyish killer Harlow Cuadra, who was a successful escort living under the thrall of his pimp/lover Joe Kerekes, was cold-blooded enough to pose as a wannabe and audition for Kocis, getting sexual with him on his couch before seizing the opportunity to slit Kocis's throat ear to ear before stabbing him 28 times. He and Kerekes then burned the house down to cover their tracks. 

Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 10.01.16 AM“It made me feel better inside.”

Now, Cuadra recalls Kerekes coaching him before the grisy murder:

“[Joe] held my hand and said, 'Just be strong Harlow. We're going to get through this. Don't do anything stupid.' It's the last time I ever touched him.”

Incredibly, Kerekes confessed to Crime Watch Daily that he was the one who murdered Kocis, something Cuadra has always contended—but he swiftly took it back.

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Oct 07 2016
6-PACK — Colby Keller Comes Out As Stupid + Trump Still Thinks The Central Park 5 Are Guilty + Giuliani's Daughter Politically Cuckolds Him + Obama: Russia Tampering With Election + DC's Gay Outreach Liaison Is Trans + Anti-Gay Grifters Shut Down Bakery Comments (0)

*widget boy culturePorn stud Colby Keller will vote for Trump to help destroy the system. Anarchy isn't a revolution.

*widget boy cultureTrump re-states belief the Central Park 5 were guilty—when they weren't. They should sue his ass.

*widget boy cultureGiuliani's own daughter is a diehard Hillary Clinton voter!

*widget boy cultureThe Obama Administration formally accuses Russia of election-year hacking, tampering.

*widget boy cultureDC's head of LGBTQ outreach is transitioning after declaring “no more shame.”

*widget boy cultureHomophobic bakers who took hundreds of thousands after blow-up over wedding cake call it quits.

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Sep 30 2016
6-PACK/election — SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE For Hillary + Gary Johnson Doesn't Smoke... Anything?! + Trump Checked Out A 12-Year-Old, Accused Of Raping A 13-Year-Old + Trump Was For Iraq War + NEWSWEEK Hacked + Trump: Porn Star! Comments (0)

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Screen Shot 2016-09-30 at 6.43.36 PMHistorically conservative San Diego Union-Tribune endorses Hillary Clinton—first Dem in 148 years.

Screen Shot 2016-09-30 at 6.43.36 PMGary Johnson ISN'T a pothead?! Then what's his excuse?!

Screen Shot 2016-09-30 at 6.43.36 PMTrump discussed 12-year-old Paris Hilton's bangability with Howard Stern. Reminder: He's accused of raping a kid.

Screen Shot 2016-09-30 at 6.43.36 PMOnce and for all: Donald Trump was for invading Iraq before he was against it, period.

Screen Shot 2016-09-30 at 6.43.36 PMNewsweek, which just exposed Trump's Cuban malfeasance, got hacked—by Russians.

Screen Shot 2016-09-30 at 6.43.36 PMDonald Trump falsely claims Alicia Machado has a sex tape, his followers call her a porn star... he was in a porn video!

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Gay YouTuber Formally Charged With Faking His Alleged Assault, Vandalizing Vehicle Comments (0)

British YouTube personality Calum McSwiggan, who falsely claimed he had been attacked by three men in WeHo—spinning it as a hate crime—has been formally charged with vandalism and making a false report to a peace officer.

McSwiggin posted to social media about the June 26 incident, which he said occurred outside The Abbey, “With three broken teeth and six stitches in my forehead, I've never felt so terrified to be a gay man in the public eye.”

Police quicky determined he had caused his most serious wound himself, a fact he now admits. He still clings to the debunked claim that he was beaten up, but authorities and witnesses claim he intentionally damaged the mirror and bumper of a car in the lot and then faked the attack in order to implicate the car's owner and two others.

McSwiggan says he resents being called a disagrace to his community. Police say he's a damn liar.

His plea this week: Not guilty.

Sep 16 2016
6-PACK — Football Me + Harlem Hate Church Love Story + Grinding PRINCE CHARMING + Hillary Calls Out Birther Trump + Masc = Misogyny? + Man Who Threatened Gays In Florida Indicted! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureThe Russell Tovey gay football drama has a new trailer (AFTER THE JUMP) and it's hot-hot-hot.

*widget boy cultureNew romance set amidst the real-life grotesque dealings of the so-called “Harlem Hate Church.”

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*widget boy cultureThey hate-watched every second of Finding Prince Charming so you don't have to!

*widget boy cultureDonald Trump led the birther movement, Hillary says. Trump lies, says Hillary started it. Because the media won't check:

*widget boy cultureAren't masc guys really just assholes?

*widget boy cultureHA-HA: Nutjob Craig Jungwirth, who allegedly made terroristic threats against fellow gays, indicted.

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Keep reading for that Russell Tovey trailer ...

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