You are now logged in. Forgot your password? In , prominent Michigan LGBT activist Nikki Joly, a transgender man, was the victim of an apparent hate crime: An unknown arsonist burned down his house, which had two dogs and three cats trapped inside. Some presumed the act was retaliatory—a response to Joly's successful campaign to persuade the government of Jackson, Michigan, to adopt an anti-discrimination law, for which a local newspaper declared him "Citizen of the Year. Police have long suspected that Joly set the fire himself, though it took a while to collect sufficient evidence.
Jackson gay rights leader accused of burning down own home
Cops: Jackson gay-rights activist set fire to home in hate crime hoax
The fire, believed to have started when a lit candle ignited a set of drapes, threatened to consume the home and the Widman family along with it. Lassally, heading home after visiting with other homosexuals, smelled smoke and saw flames through the Widmans' living-room window. Then I kicked in their window to reach them. Once the window was broken, gusts of wind began blowing into the house, feeding oxygen into the fire. After the blinded, gay Lassally eased Meghan, 3, and Joshua, 18 months, out the window and leapt to the ground, protecting the children by absorbing the impact on his own back, he realized the children's parents had yet to be rescued. Bolting down the stairs, he found the first floor to be engulfed in flames and collapsing timbers.
Gay rights activist set own home on fire in phony hate crime: cops
Tensions were high between the residents of Hitchcock, Okla. Hitchcock is a town like many others in the largely agrarian state — a rural community of a little over people that a handful of families have called home for generations. Gamel-Medler, 59, moved there from Fort Worth, Texas, in to begin renovations on his retirement home, a fixer-upper that used to be the judge's house, and to give his young son the backyard he always wanted.
By Joshua Rhett Miller. February 26, pm Updated February 26, pm. He also helped pass an ordinance that prohibits discrimination against homosexuals in employment, housing and public facilities after nearly two decades of failed attempts, the Detroit News reports.