Attacks on gays

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

January 27, 2014 1:49:09 PM PST
It's one of the most progressive cities in the country - certainly in terms of "acceptance" of gays and lesbians, and certainly in terms of same-sex marriages. So what's up with the attacks on gays here? Could it be that the more freedoms a group obtains, the bigger the backlash? We've certainly seen it before with oppressed minorities when they suddenly find their freedoms - either restored or for the first time.

The latest victim - Randy Gener (pronounced "jen-air"), a respected and openly gay journalist who was found unconscious, in a pool of his own blood, in the Times Square area last week. He is now recovering from brain surgery, but his attack has once again focused attention on bias crimes against gays.

We broke this story on Saturday night, and tonight, a vigil for Gener at the Phillip Center in midtown Manhattan. We'll be there, at 11.

Also at 11, why would parents be opposed to getting their kids randomly drug tested if officials said their school was in the middle of a drug epidemic? We're asking some parents that question tonight in New Jersey, where one school board will vote on whether to require some students to submit to random drug tests.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa, tonight at 11.


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