Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Against the "Gay House": A Shooting at the Home of Several Gay Men on Chicago's South Side December 31 Alarmed the Local Community-And Exposed Some Troubling Prejudice

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Against the "Gay House": A Shooting at the Home of Several Gay Men on Chicago's South Side December 31 Alarmed the Local Community-And Exposed Some Troubling Prejudice

Article excerpt

For about 100 revelers at a packed house party in the early-morning hours of December 31 on Chicago's south side, 2006 literally ended with a bang. But it wasn't the shooting and wounding of six gay men at the predominantly black soiree that startled the city and the nation. It was the reaction of some of the neighbors, who described the residence as "the gay house" and seemed to suggest the crime was inevitable.

Many of the young men who attended the pre--New Year's event are involved in the "ball culture" scene as popularized by the movie Paris Is Burning, and their loud parties have often attracted the attention of police, who were "called on numerous occasions for party noise and fights at the home," according to a source at the Chicago Police Department who did not want to be named because the investigation is ongoing. "It was a matter of time before something like this happened," one young man told Chicago-area CLTV News. Another was more blunt: "If they're going to act like that, they should take that gay [expletive] somewhere else. …

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