This mofo would butt in other ppls business..almost knocked him out..then realized he was a fag and gave him a pass...still a sad way to go...r.i.p..
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
By Charles Lam
Room 525 at El Modena High School in Orange is normally where chemistry classes are held, and the décor lets you know it: tacked-up periodic tables, shelved science textbooks, noisy and uncomfortable metal stools, and shiny jet-black countertops on which students conduct simple and not-so-simple experiments. On one wall is a chart explaining how, when light hits a prism, a rainbow is formed.
Oh, wait . . . that's actually a rainbow flag. Which makes total sense because room 525 is also where the El Modena Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club holds its meetings every other Wednesday. There are other pride emblems sprinkled around: a HATE-FREE ZONE magnet stuck on a cabinet, and several signs encouraging equality and diversity.
Symbols and slogans are nice and all, but for GSA student leaders Heather Carillo and Amanda Gremling, there's work to be done. Like making sure they have enough rainbow-hued LOVE IS LOVE buttons to sell at fund-raisers, as well as the official club T-shirts that proclaim, "I AM GAY/I AM LESBIAN/I AM STRAIGHT/I AM BISEXUAL/I AM HUMAN." Proceeds go toward club events, such as buying pizza, snacks and drinks for after-school movies with gay themes—Perks of Being a Wallflower seems to be a popular choice for next week.
It's not as if there's an entrance exam or anything, but no one has to be gay to be a member of the club—Carillo and Gremling are both straight—and they accept anyone who wants to be part of a friendly, welcoming group of peers.
"It's basically a place where you can go for half an hour and people won't judge you—and where you'll be loved on," says Gremling. "We talk about gay marriage and current events all the time and how we feel about them. There's always something new."
"We tolerate everyone," Carillo says, "even people who have different views and want to come see what we're about."
Meetings average around 15 members, a fairly decent retention rate from the 60 curious students who packed room 525 at the beginning of the academic year.
"The start of each year is when students find out about the club," says Ernesto Nodado, the chemistry teacher who advises the group and lets the GSA meet in his classroom. "Just the fact that the GSA is here matters. Even if a student isn't comfortable enough to attend one meeting during the entire four years here, at least the students who come on that first day will know it exists. It lets students know that there's a safe place."
A safe place.
Like Anthony always wanted.
* * *
Anthony Colin was a wiry 15-year-old with a mop of black hair, into which he would sometimes streak a lovely shade of purple. In 1999, he was also one of El Modena's few (if not only) openly gay students. Flamboyant and outspoken, his personality would make him a frequent target for taunting and bullying from less-than-tolerant peers, something he had endured since an early age.
"In kindergarten, Tony had a long braid, but on the second day of school, another student referred to him as a girl," says Jessie Colin, Anthony's mom. "He came home crying, and I cut his braid for him."
The abuse was constant throughout elementary school and junior high, and many students were suspended for the appalling way they treated him.
When he was 13, he decided it was time to reveal his orientation to his mom.
"He came home from seventh grade looking sad and very scared, and said, 'Mom, I'm gay.' I started laughing and told him, 'You're only 13 years old—how can you make such an adult decision?' He said, 'Mom, I know.' I said, 'Okay, we'll talk about it again, but you're not in trouble.'"
Freshly out, Colin found plenty of love, support and acceptance among his family and friends—"I used to tell my son God makes no mistakes, only man does," Jessie remembers—but his public-school life remained harsh and hellish. By the time he reached El Modena, the harassment became straight-up violent.
"Students threw full soda cans and food at him," Jessie recalls. "People tried to trip him. He couldn't use the boys' bathroom because he was bullied there, so he had to use the bathroom near the principal's office. He started in ninth grade taking P.E., but he was transferred to written P.E. because students were cruel to him during P.E. class. He was called 'queer,' 'sissy' and 'faggot' in P.E. and all day long."
Colin finally had enough. Spurred by the murder of Matthew Shepard a year earlier, he decided to form a Gay-Straight Alliance club on campus, so he and anyone else at El Modena would have a place, even for a little while, that was free from hostility. Similar GSA groups were beginning to pop up on high-school campuses all around the country at the time—including one at Fountain Valley High, which this year celebrated its 20th anniversary—so, Colin thought, why not one at ElMo?
Jessie Colin thought it was a fantastic idea.
This mofo would butt in other ppls business..almost knocked him out..then realized he was a fag and gave him a pass...still a sad way to go...r.i.p..
I remember Tony well. Being one of the only other out gay students we got to know each other. We shared a couple friends and he was around when we'd ditch class to smoke pot. I remember being harassed at school for being gay too, It was the reason I left at the end of my sophomore year. But shit that was going on around Tony was on a different level but he welcomed the attention and was always on the offensive. I tried to not make any waves, he wanted to ride them. He liked the attention and he wanted to stir up shit. He would walk down the halls offering to suck guys dicks and make other nasty comments. You could tell he was coming down the hall by the nearing hoops and hollars, cat calls and soda cans flying through the air. He was a bitchy vulgar queen at the ripe old age of 14. Something we are very familiar with in the gay community, but at a high school in orange county he was seen as a downright cunt. This story has many "facts" twisted about his efforts for the GSL. In fact his original intent was not to have a Gay-Straight alliance, but a gays only club. This was another part of tony being a bitchy queen and trying to make drama and why I chose not to support him. When he was asking people to sign his petition I said no and he slapped me. I told him to never come around me again and the next day at lunch he approached me and poured purple gatorade on me. We started to fight as a laughing crowd gathered to watch the school's two faggots claw at each other. He wore all these ugly beaded necklaces and all of these shiny black beads and plastic crucifixes went flying. We were suspended for two days. This guy wasn't trying to be a gay activist he just wanted to piss people off. I understand why he acted the way he did and he was unapologetic about it. Why when writing this legacy piece would you deny him the right to shine like the glittery asshole he was?
As tony wouldve said "Bitch, please".
l.daniels85 , I think maybe you need to see a shrink. Because the fact that you're sizing up your life now, to my DEAD cousin, is pathetic. No one gives a shit WHO you are now or what you've accomplished, when it is presented in the way you just did. Who are you to us? ill tell you, you're someone who didn't have the balls to actually go to Anthony after high school and express how you felt. Instead, you do it now when he's dead and cant defend himself, along with a couple others. Wanna know what's worse? you're a mother now. Bragging about how you're stronger because you didn't kill yourself, and he did. You disgust me. And I feel so sorry for your children. Everyone has there own opinions of others, and its your right. But don't bash someone who cant stand up for themselves just because an article was written and it wasn't about YOU. Let go of all your hate and resentment and jealousy of what your life USED to be like, and move the fuck on. EVERYBODY in high school and middle school was the same in one way or another. you're still learning, and growing, and experiencing the world. you're mean, sarcastic "Know it all's". not ONE person is innocent. And that includes you. Funny how you are judging someone after they're DEAD because when you were 15, there sin was different than yours. I hope and pray, that if something ever happens to one of your babies, some little bitch runs her mouth with complete disrespect just like you. and ONE MORE THING- You're so PROUD of yourself, for accomplishing so much more than someone who isn't alive, but as Anthony grew, at least he managed to learn how to respect everyone and treat them with love. Cant say the same for you. And you're a grown ass woman. now that, is sad.
I knew justice for a brief moment in my life and I can definitely say that he was a genuine person with a great heart. Just as every normal human being, he had his personal issues, but I can say that he was never anything less than himself, and that is something I feel is very admirable. It's a shame he only had a short time with us all but it wasn't without significance. He lent his voice and himself to the LGBT movement for equality in his own way and I am greatful to him for that. I'm also happy I had the chance to meet him. Humanity could stand to have more strong hearted people like justice to help make the world a better place. With love and appreciation, RIP Anthony Justice Colin.
People get so off topic to promote their own agendas. This story was to pay tribute to someone who lived to make a difference. Bunch of narcissists.
OC Weekly: Will you give me a referral? Besides Long Beach is full of sub-tabloid trannies- muck of the earth I tell you, muck of the earth... not worth writing about... not punk.
WHAAAAAAT is this crap?! O.o
OC weekly: do you even check the truth of the stories you publish??
Most of this is a crock lol I actually laughed thru most of it!! This can't be talkin about the same kid I knew. Guy was a dick. Gay straight whatever who cares, simple facts is he was a dick always harassing people. And biting people too if i remember right!? People talkin about karma in some of the comments........ Maybe karma came and got him!!
WOW he has always made me feel so honored to say that I not only knew him but that we shared the same blood line. He was truly a special person both inside and out. He had a love like no one I have ever met. The fact that I have seen so many ignorant people on here will not affect me because I knew the REAL Anthony, and quite honestly he never let what someone had to say about him "define" him. Pay attention to the facts people proof is in the puddn ;) GOD truly blessed us as his family to have gotten to have someone like him in our lives for the time we did have him, and boy did he make some moves when he was here. I think I speak for the whole family when I say "You make us so proud Toni, you truly make us PROUD" Such a BEAUTIFUL soul. Rest in Peace my sweet cousin, until we meet again! Xoxo Amber
First a couple of points, Carol: A) I was born and raised in CA, too. Right here in OC as a matter of fact. b) Old School Rocker is no doubt an idiot who's opinion I disagree with and if I saw him hassling someone for being gay, I would offer my assistance to the gay person........... Now, to answer your question, "Where do you get your statistics from?". I get them from the same place you got your "You give California a bad name" fact from. I made it up. However, many, many people think poorly of this state. This state has the highest income tax in the nation. This state is hostile towards business, hence the exodus. This state invites non citizens to come live here and leach off you and I. I could go on forever. As nice as this state is, it's pretty f'd up. I hear people complain all the time. Now, here's the key part: If you asked 1000 people who think poorly of CA why it is they think CA has a bad name, not one of them would say "because of Old School Rocker". That would make my statistic of "99.9999999%" pretty accurate. And that was my point. CA does a great job on it's own of giving CA a bad name. No one who thinks CA has a bad name would blame OSR for said bad name. Comprende?
As a grad from the original 4 years @ ELMO ('70) I am so proud that "Vanguards" are still found at my old school. True leaders still walk those hallways. Bravo!
Why is this even news? OC Weekly run out of tabloid articles and reduced itself to muck-raking? Terrible job OC Weekly you can never stoop too low. It's become pretty obvious you're supported by OC's Porn Industry.
While the "white redneck conservative" gets the msm attention when it comes to gay bashing
the fact is that the left is the cause of most of the harassment done to gay people
when the black churches rallied and rallied hard against gay marriage in CA
nada was really mentioned about that
after the defeat
the losing side posted names of people /companies, that supported the defeat of legalizing gay marriage
NOTICEABLY MISSING WAS THE INVOLVEMENT OF THE BLACK COMMUNITY / CHURCHES in the leftists attack against people who defeated the prop
why is that
YOUR EDITORIALIZATION is not allowed to be mixed in with any other part of the story when receiving this critic:
A boy being called a girl when he
a) has a braid
b) wants to be considered a female ( and at some level that is true)
THATS WHERE you lose support from many of us who support all good people in whatever way they choose to live
if you want to be a female ( or male) cause thats who you are, then its false to act upset when one treats you that way BUT
NOT IN THE MANNER YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE TREATED
a gay male who wants to wear or do actions that are associated with a female and is happy when those things cum his way,, has no right
/ little standing to complain if someone ( also) taunts them as
"Acting female" when its a female they are in fact acting like
This article is meant to stir up hate, and twist stories to get an agenda out there. I think we were more than tolerant with Tony. Hell I sat next to him in science, as he openly look at gay porn during class and bragged about what guy he slept with. He was more than open and nasty about his orientation. You can tell ( my opinion) he loved the attention. 8th grade tony tried to get me to date him. Nobody did anything to him. To paint him as a victim of hate because of his orientation is wrong. If anything he might (and i say might ) be a victim of bulling because he was annoying. Sorry I was there when it all happened and its not like the article says.
@Kevin J Cruz lol what does it make you look like you sure took the time to read it...fucking fool lmao
No one liked this comment u posted cus u sound like a tweeker.. vomiting words from the mouth. It could have been written better but guess what its there and its out! And u and everyone in oc is reading it and the ppl reading this kno ur a homohater and know ur name. Dont be suprised if ur name ends up on every telemarketing list now cus I doubt ur unlisted.
@ajphilips72 You know, instead of trying to stifle fee speech, why don't you and your family stop reading people's opinions?? Take control of the part that you can control.
Yeah he's gonna act female and then get upset when people try to treat him like it. does that make sense? No. Dude was out there all feminine gestures and in your face with his being gay. Prancing around making comments about who's dick he sucked last night and shit. I don't walk around walking up to gay men and acting extra macho and manly and making sure they hear me braggig loudly to the world about all the pussy ive eaten to really really make them see that I'm straight!! Cause that would be ridiculous right? Right. If your gay that's fine whatever I don't care but I don't need to hear about you sucking dick and taking up the ass...!
@sweetliberty17761776 for a moment if at all possible step out of your ignorance...or just plain stupidity and think about what you just said, now try...TRY to step into his shoes, he is living in a society where who he is WHO HE IS not understood, not accepted, not cared about and he is labeled and all but crucified for JUST BEING all he knows to be, HIMSELF. Therefore he is making decisions to try to bend to society when in all reality he can't and at some point won't hide who he is...is it really his fault...IS IT REALLY A FAULT AT ALL?? your a fool if you honestly think that it made him some sort of happy, or that he or any gay person for that matter happy to be made to feel like they are not just as good, just as important, just as capable of love and acceptance. now after reading what you just wrote i'm almost certain that you will continue on your path of misunderstanding, and ignorance but just know life has a "strange" way of coming around and biting you in the ass, just remember that, so weather your own mother father or child comes out as gay or a cross dresser, or hiv positive, etc, your ignorant words will come back to bite you...mark my words. now yes i am his cousin, and i would defend him to the death, but this time around it's not about that at all for me, it's about logic plain and simple common logic.
Yup exactly No_comment. Open and nasty. Look what sleeping around and illegal drug using gets you kids... HIV. Lets learn and avoid
As if straight guys didnt brag about fucking girls.. ur dumb. He was a guy! A guys talk about fucking. He had no filter for the straight peers. In fact he pushed the line because he had been bullied for so long.. I thought everyone learned thaf bullies were once bullied before too and thats why they do it. Thats how we learn to tolerate.
Tony was lit on fire in 7th grade and thrown down the stairs at santiago. Then forced to change in the girls bathroom at pe cus none of the guys wanted to him there. obviously u were a victim of witnessing someone degress because of insecurity and bullying. Duh dummy.. we all learned in elementary that a bully is just scared of who he is and that all bullys have been bullied and thats how they get their demeanor. Its mirrored. And for little boys who were trying to make girls uncomfortable at that age he did the same thing. Douche
I just posted something along those line
we have to laugh and feel appreciated when a gay male hits up on a straight male
and as a decent person it should be no problem
but it can also be bullying on their part to hit up on a straight person and then claim "gaydar"
which would be just as wrong if a female was bullying a gay male to "go straight"
@justice It's better than most mainstream crap out there. OC weekly rocks.
Amber ur aunt started talking shit thinking my comments were about her cus I said tweaker. Dumb ass erased it when she realized I was talking to the dude u commented on. Check that bitch
@ajphilips I never said anything regarding Tony or attacked his personality and my statement was to SweetLiberty. I talked about how life for the other 2,000 students at El Modena was. I had interactions with Tony that weren't great where he belittled me for my clothing and even my height.... but if you would like, I can post about those? But like you said, my parents taught me manners. And yes, I have accomplished great things with my life. If you don't like what people are saying on a Public Forum then stay off.
Ya it did , especially when it was in class around other people. He had no respect for others. If your going to live your life like that, do it privately other than a place where I cant walk away from.
Twisted Logic, we have to tolerate bulling because bullies where bullied. Emotionalism is not logic. I'm sorry he was bullied gay or straight no one desires it, but he was a bully himself.
Only one problem with that logic. I was bullied horribly by him and others. Called nasty names, beat up, had food dumped on my head (by him) etc. but you know what? I never fought back or did any of those horrible things to anyone else. So no. Being bullied is NEVER an excuse or some sort of free pass to make someone else's life miserable.
@ajphilips72 @No_comment Not attacking , simply truth. I knew him personally . I personally don't agree with the gay lifestyle , but as a person I believe I was respectful of his lifestyle, but he himself was a bully, if you didn't agree with him in any way. I don't agree with this article, making someone a hero, with out knowing the truth behind everything. I'm sorry he wasn't person that promoted love.Again I am truly sorry that someone who loved him lost him. But my argument is only on the fact of truth with this article not moral.