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Will the Matthew Shepard Act Play a Part In Jorge Mercado's Murder? / Queerty

Will the Matthew Shepard Act Play a Part In Jorge Mercado's Murder? / Queerty:
"Juan Antonio Martínez Matos, the 26-year-old alleged murderer of Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado (pictured, right), believed he was cruising for female prostitutes in Caguas, Puerto Rico. And when he found out Mercado was a man? That's when he killed — and burned, and dismembered, and decapitated — him.

'After being rejected by a few women, [Matos] saw Jorge dressed as a woman and asked him to go with him to the house,' reads a translated police report. 'Apparently at the house, the suspect found out that Lopez was a man, after Lopez made sexual advances, and as a result of the rage, Matos did what he did.' Ah, the wonderful 'gay panic' defense."
I AM SO SICK OF THE GAY PANIC DEFENSE, AREN'T YOU? LET'S GET THIS YOUNG BOY JUSTICE! FIGHT THIS PANIC DEFENSE! LET'S CALL THE COPS AND SAY THEY NEED TO PUSH HATE CRIMES CHARGES!

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HAPPY HOUR... POSTPONED.

Happy Hour Roundup will be coming late today. Fortunately, there is lots of news to report on! Unfortunately, there will be no time for me to collect it and send it. Expect it between 5pm and 6pm!