A lesbian couple's home was burned down in Tennessee:
Carol Ann Stutte and her partner, Laura Stutte, are afraid to return alone to what is left of their Vonore home in Monroe County.
After being victims of an arson and having the word "queers" spray painted on their garage, the lesbian couple is fearful for their safety.
"We would love to stay (in the area)," Carol Stutte said Friday. "But we will never, never rebuild (on that property) again. I take someone with me constantly -- one or two people to make sure I'm OK while I'm up there."
Detective Travis Jones, with the Monroe County Sheriff's Department, said authorities aren't releasing many details about the fire -- which happened Sept. 4 at about 10 p.m.
"It is an arson and we are continuing the investigation," he said Friday. "There are people of interest in the case," and authorities, including the state Bomb and Arson Squad, are still conducting interviews.
The Stuttes' home was a complete loss. "There is nothing left," Carol Stutte said. "They are calling it a black hole."
A gay bar was burned down in Fresno this weekend, although police aren't saying it was arson just yet, but they do believe that the fire started outside:
A fire early Sunday morning caused an estimated $130,000 in damage at a business in southeast Fresno.
Fresno Fire Department officials said crews arrived at The Den Bar in the 4500 block of East Belmont Avenue to find a fire on the exterior of the building along a wooden fence line. Within minutes, the fire spread into the attic of the commercial structure.
The fire damaged a storage area and the bar's interior. The bar was closed at the time, and a neighbor reported the fire.
No one was hurt. The cause of the fire is undetermined.
Is it just me, or has there been more anti-queer violence over the last few months than there was before?
All I'm going to say is that neither of these fires would have been prevented with same-sex marriage, ENDA, hate crimes legislation, or any other major, federal legislation. It's going to take cultural work and education.