Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Elke Kennedy Shares Her Story with GLAAD

glaadBLOG has an interview with Elke Kennedy, the mother of a young South Carolina gay man who was recently beaten and left to die outside of a gay bar in his hometown. Elke, who founded Sean's Last Wish, talks with GLAAD about her crusade to pass hate crimes legislation . . . how the media handled Sean's story . . . and much more.

Elke Kennedy is a brave woman - someone who has turned unbearable grief into heartwarming action. She’s a mother who sadly, like too many others, has lost a child to a hate crime.

In the Spring of 2007, her 20-year old son, Sean, was fatally attacked in Greenville, South Carolina because he was openly gay.

Describing the attack on her son, Elke wrote:

On May 16, 2007, at about 3:45 am, Sean was leaving a bar in Greenville when a car pulled up beside him, a young man got out of the car, came around the car approached my son and called him f**got and then punched him so hard that it broke his face bones, he fell back and hit the asphalt. This resulted in his brain to be separated from his brain stem and ricochet in his head. Sean never had a chance. Sean’s killer got back into the car and left my son dying there. A little later he left a message on one of the girl’s phone, who knew Sean saying: “You tell your f**got friend that when he wakes up he owes me $500 for my broken hand."

To read Elke's full interview @glaadBLOG, click here.

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