One Equal World

Let’s All Wear Pink

Posted on: August 30, 2013

Seattle generally feels like a safe city.  It’s known to be full of educated, green, people who are pro-gay marriage.  Hey, it’s liberal, right?  Well, it’s very easy to become complacent and feel a false sense of security and let your guard down.

On August 5, in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, a man was brutally beaten and pummeled with gay slurs.  Jason Jacobs, 37, was walking home around midnight when three men and two women came after him.

They may have chosen him as a target because he was wearing a pink shirt and shoes.  They chased him down the block and then started assaulting him.  Jacobs was unable to make a clear ID of the assailants because he was knocked out cold at one point.  He suffered a concussion, broken ribs, a broken nose and cuts on his face and knees.  Doctors are saying he may even need eye surgery.

Pink shirts

Jacobs may have been targeted for wearing pink.
Image: Shutterstock

It’s frightening to think of being attacked by a random hateful mob right near your home.

“I feel unsafe in my own neighborhood,” said Jacobs.

The news sadly follows other anti-gay crimes around the country.  A 32-year-old man, Mark Carson, was fatally shot in the head in Manhattan’s West Village.  In June, there was a spate of hate crimes in Ohio against the LGBT community.  Also, a man was recently arrested for defacing a church that welcomes gays in Minnesota.  Lonny Lloyd Roseland was caught on camera hurling eggs and scrawling messages of hate on church walls.

So, does this mean men shouldn’t wear pink?  No way.  In fact, I’d like to see a day when men and women of Seattle all wear pink in solidarity with Jacobs.  People should not have to live in fear in their own city.

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