By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
•Yelling anti-gay slurs, Joseph Daniel Velasco, 22, violently attacked a gay man in Anaheim and received two years in prison.
Last year, the Weekly featured the case of Gregory Michael Pisarcik, who savagely tortured a Tustin gay man and then bludgeoned him to death. Pisarcik mutilated the victim by writing "FAGS DIE" on the man's back and shoving a champagne bottle into his rectum. He told police after his capture that he "hates fags." A judge sentenced Pisarcik, 28, to life in prison.
In recent years, Republican county Supervisors Jim Silva and Chris Norby have attempted to kill a $300,000 annual taxpayer subsidy to the local Human Relations Commission (HRC), which works to prevent hate crimes. HRC reports that the majority of victims in Orange County are gay, African-American or Jewish, although they've found a recent increase in attacks on Latinos. In Costa Mesa, Mayor Allan R. Mansoor—who doubles as a sheriff's deputy in the jail—helped eliminate his city's commission, arguing that "human relations is not a government responsibility."