After Joshua Harrison and Jeremy Jeffers' home was repeatedly vandalized in their Texas town, the two reported the crime to police. As the media attention grew, so did the homophobia and disrespect of their neighbors.
After a local minister ran a lengthy homophobic and inaccurate advertisement [pdf] in the local newspaper, the couple started getting messages like the one painted on their front porch that said "leave or die fags."
To top it off, both men lost their jobs after going public with their story. After Wayne Self from Owldolatrous Press found out about their plight, he wrote about it and included a donation button at the bottom of the post. What happened next is magic.
Generous donors from across the country contributed to help Jeremy and Joshua leave Clarendon. Equality Texas stepped in with help on the ground, to assisting Jeremy and Joshua in their search for jobs and housing in another city.
Despite many donors' comments that they should "get the eff out of Texas," they're going to move the shortest distance they can move and still find safety, housing, and jobs. The couple is moved beyond words at the generosity of people in across the country in assisting with their predicament.
Jeremy Jeffers and Joshua Harrison will receive $2690 in donations and the keys to their new apartment in Amarillo, TX, where there is a small but thriving gay community that is nonetheless still close to family and friends in the area.
Hopefully the young couple will find the support they need in Amarillo. I wish them the best.