Open Season on Gays

AIDS sparks an epidemic of violence against homosexuals

When Jon Sugar came upon two men fighting on a San Francisco sidewalk last December, his reaction was typical of many city dwellers: he crossed to the other side of the street. But before the 38-year-old gay poet could get safely out of range, one of the men suddenly came after him."Hey, you faggot bitch," the man called out, "I'll mess you up." Running over, he knocked Sugar to the pavement and began kicking him in the back. As Sugar lay on the ground, another man ran over and stole his wallet.

^ For the more than 11 million homosexuals nationwide,...

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