The Weekly LGBTQ News: Issue #22
After an attack on a gay couple by a group of men and women in Philadelphia on September 11th left both men wounded, the Internet took action and searched for those who committed the heinous crime. A surveillance video captured a group of over a dozen people walking down the street prior to the incident, and eventually one of the attackers was found to be the daughter of a police chief.
Kathryn Knott, along with two other individuals surrendered to authorities this past Wednesday for assaulting the unnamed couple. Even though they hurled slurs and insults as they brutalized the gay men, it is not considered a hate crime as the law in Pennsylvania’s largest city does not cover crimes motivated by sexual orientation or gender identity. The lack of LGBTQ protection has gained coverage as protesters rallied to amend their hate crime law to include LGBTQ protection. A bill co-sponsored by everyone on the Philadelphia City Council is poised to pass and would become law November 2nd.
Karma may have struck Knott though, because her Twitter account revealed that she worked as an EMT for an Abington hospital. Posted to her account were several images of patients’ X-Rays and a bag of ice with severed fingers in it. The hospital responded swiftly and suspended Knott, largely because she violated patients’ privacy and confidentiality. While the hospital investigates Knott’s violations, she and the two others that surrendered have since been released on bail.
In contrast to Philadelphia’s lack of protection for the LGBTQ community, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution against anti-LGBT violence and discrimination. Twenty-five nations, including the United States, Brazil and the Czech Republic, approved the resolution while fourteen nations voted against it. Russia, naturally, voted against and before the final vote, the HRC rejected proposals from Egypt, Uganda, Pakistan, and more that were determined to neglect any mention of LGBTQ language in the proposed amendment.