this hits home for all of us, I'm sure. How do you feel the connection? I feel it at least 2 ways:
My brother lives about 1 town away from New Bedford. It's easy to think that I could have been in that bar if I were visiting him. (although he's straight, it's not out of the realm of possibility that I'd be in that bar. perhaps even with him.)
I've experienced minor violence/attacks. 1 bar that I used to frequent was across from a convenience store/gas station. It was very well lit, so some patrons at the gas station would yell obscenities as we entered the bar. My car has been egged while parked in the parking lot of a gay bar.
And of course, we know this is a possibility any time we are at one of our "community gatherings."
I am cringing waiting to hear "why" this kid decided to do this. I'm hoping it's not because of the hate-speech that comes from the religious right, but I wouldn't be surprised if that becomes part of his defense.