Stacy McCain would normally have better stories to report on than this one, but it has taken on a life of it’s own and become the story of the year. When a story involves gay issues and you’ve lost PFLAG, you’re probably toast.
The local chapter of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) refuses to support accused sex offender Kaitlyn Ashley Hunt:
PFLAG of Vero Beach has received questions and comments regarding the controvery involving the two young ladies in Sebastian.
We have been watching the developments in this case since it was brought to our attention. PFLAG of Vero Beach cannot enter into the controversy for the following reason. We have not been able to find where the charges brought against this unfortunate young lady are inspired by homophobia, or are in any way anti-LGBTQ. . . .
The cry of discrimination, unless more facts come out, does not seem to apply here. Some very simple research yields cases where heterosexual kids have been arrested and prosecuted under the same law.
When this news was reported online Friday by South Florida Gay News, the article was quickly deleted, but the Google cache still exists. Probably this is evidence of the kind of pressures for movement solidarity that were reported earlier this week by a local TV station:
Two local gay men who “held high ranking positions in a Treasure Coast LGBT advocacy group” quit over the issue, according to a report Tuesday by WPEC-TV’s Peter Schaller, who quoted one of the men: “Some folks in the community, in that organization, were supporting Kate and would not hear the voice of reason… . I resigned as a result of two members in particular who referred to this matter as nothing more than a teenage love story, it is not a teenage love story.”
Got some important work to do today, so there’s only time for a bit of quick aggregation right now. R.J. Reidhead continues to be disturbed and fascinated by what she sees as indicators that Kaitlyn Hunt is a victim of something worse than homophobia.
Jeff Goldstein sarcastically invokes the Ghost of Victims Past. Is sarcasm appropriate? The alternative — taking seriously the reality that young people can be and often are victimized “consensually” — is probably depressing enough to make you do drugs.
Legally, the case is about an 18 year old seducing a 14 year old. In the media, it’s about whether the parents who are prosecuting the 18 year old are motivated by anti-homosexual sentiment.
But don’t you dare accuse the media of having an agenda — one that has nothing to do with the best interests of these teenagers, or the best interests of Indian River County, Florida — because only hateful bigots would ever call attention to the media agenda.
Speaking of contrast, Christine Rousselle finds a nearly perfect one:
Let’s compare the two cases: both involved sex acts on school property (a locker room, and a bathroom stall), a “consenting” underage partner (who cannot legally consent to sex), statutory rape charges, and oral sex. Yet there was no outpouring of support for the members of Milton’s hockey team—or the girl.
The only difference between the two cases is that the Milton Academy scandal involved one 15-year-old girl and five 15-to-18 year-old males, and the Sebastian River High School scandal involved two female students. Apart from that, the two cases are essentially identical.
If it weren’t for the fact that Kaitlyn Hunt’s parents decided to make such a big deal of this thing, most of us would never have heard of it. I think Kaitlyn Hunt and her parents have been given bad legal advise. They should have taken the plea deal and Kaitlyn would be on her way to serving her house arrest and there might even have been the possibility that she might have dodged the sexual offender’s list depending on the judge.
Yes indeed, Miss Hunt’s parents have opened up a rather large can of worms and I imagine that things are coming out that they didn’t expect would come out and we’re not finished yet, by far. As Stacy says…The Streisand Effect is operating now.