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A hate crime?
bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
17 February 2014
The SVU squad catches a pair of murders of a gay male couple and the
first thought is that it's a hate crime. Well in the strictest sense of
the word they're right because while it's not hate involving a group
it's hate of these two for sure.
To understand the mindset of perpetrator Brian Bloom, a viewing of
Larry Kramer's ground breaking play, The Normal Heart might be in
order. Written back in the early Eighties at the beginning of the AIDS
pandemic, The Normal Heart sounds a clarion call for gay men to take
charge of their own destinies and lives and use protection and get
In 2005 when this episode was aired a new strain of the virus was found
and found to be remarkably resistant to those drugs already developed.
Brian Bloom is an AIDS activist and brother of another gay man lost to
the disease. Some investigation on Bloom's part shows that these two
dead men were not careful in their encounters and did have sex with the
It's hard not to sympathize with Bloom, his passion for his cause, and
the personal tragedy. But murder is murder.
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