By now we're all too familiar with hate crime reports: an attacker hates gays or imagines a gay advance and takes it out on an LGBT person or persons. Anti-gay attacks, however, are much more malleable, less rigid; just consider the case of the "gay" vodka.
Here's the scene: a party in San Antonio, Texas, Saturday night. An uninvited man shows up, but not being a complete jerk, brings his own drink, a sparking drink called Nuvo. Another guest, James Collins, found the bottle's design to be humorous, even fey.
A little loose and enjoying himself, Collins began ragging on the man's beverage. From an incident report: "[Collins said the] bottle looked like a lipstick cap, indicating that [the alleged shooter] is or was a homosexual, which made [him] upset." Unamused, the unknown man shot Collins in the stomach and fled without even thanking the host. Surely this man needs to work on his manners. He also needs to work out that homophobia.