Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 46, Ed. 1 Friday, March 13, 1998 Page: 1 of 72
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March 13,1 998
The Community Newspaper For Gay
Man gets 30 years for hate-crime shooting
Adams, who bragged about ‘queer-hunting,’ sentenced for shooting gay man near Tyler
TYLER, — A Brownsboro man who
bragged to his friends about "queer-
hunting" was sentenced to 30 years in
prison and a $10,000 fine for shooting a
man just because he was gay.
The case was the first test in Smith
County of the 1993 state hate-crime law,
assistant district attorney Craig
The panel of 10 women and two men
took about three hours last Wednesday
to sentence Billy Glenn Adams, who
must serve at least 15 years before he is
eligible for parole.
Adams pleaded guilty earlier last
week to aggravated assault as a party in
connection with the wounding last
April of Kevin Adams — who is not
related to him — on Texas Highway 31
west of Tyler.
According to testimony from the vic-
tim, Glenn Adams leaned out of a vehi-
cle which was passing him on the road
and fired shots into the victim's vehicle.
“I know from the look on
your face that day that
your act was intentional.”
— Kevin Adams
Victim of shooting
The shooting left the victim partially
paralyzed in one arm.
"I take no personal pleasure in the
fact that you are going to prison. I do
not hate you," Kevin Adams told his
attacker in 114th District Court.
"I do accept your apology from yes-
terday . . . but I know from the look on
your face that day that your act was
The defendant says he does not
remember most of the incident because
he was drunk, but he insists it was not
a hate crime. In addition, his lawyer
claimed codefendant James Dickerson
was the shooter and Adams was just
Prosecutors said Adams told others
he had been "queer-hunting" that night
and bragged about doing the shooting.
Because the incident was determined
to be a hate crime, the range of punish-
ment increased from two to 20 years in
prison to five to 99 years or life. The
jury settled on 30 years.
Kevin Adams said he would pray for
the defendant and his family, and
hoped Glenn Adams would get coun-
seling and learn to be more tolerant.
"When God looks at the world, he
doesn't see different groups ... he sees
one group, one race — the human
race," the victim said. "I believe you
have some redeeming qualities."
Glenn Adams responded by saying,
"I'm just sorry."
No trial date has been set for
Dickerson, who remains in custody.
Brownsboro is about 20 miles west of
Chastity vs. Ellen, or newspaper blooper?
Published report says GLAAD’s Bono believes Ellen is ‘too
gay’; anti-defamation officials rush to clarify statement
Chastity Bono . . . was quoted in
Daily Variety saying Ellen sitcom ‘is
so gay it’s excluding a large part of
our society.’ GLAAD officials said
their entertainment media director’s
remarks were taken out of context.
By Dennis Vercher
In an interview published Monday,
Chastity Bono said the ABC-TV series
Ellen is too gay for mainstream viewers.
Embarrassed officials from the Gay
and Lesbian Alliance Against
Defamation, where Bono serves as
entertainment media director, quickly
scrambled to repair the damage.
The organization says it stands
staunchly behind the Ellen series and
star Ellen DeGeneres. And a GLAAD
official in New York on Tuesday
attacked the Daily Variety interview,
saying the publication took Bono's
remarks out of context.
The organization followed up with a
press release, however, stating that
Bono's remarks represented her own
opinion and did not represent the offi-
cial position of GLAAD.
The interview with the well-known
daughter of Sonny and Cher appeared
in the Monday edition of Daily Variety.
"[Ellen] is so gay it's excluding a
large part of our society. A lot of the
stuff on it is somewhat of an inside joke.
It's one thing to have a gay lead charac-
ter, but it's another when every episode
deals with pretty specific gay issues,"
Bono said in the interview.
Bono said creators of the show need
to slow down and chart a more moder-
ABC sees Ellen as a betrayal, Bono
"Ellen [DeGeneres] has gone in a
totally different direction than she said
she would," Ms. Bono said. "Originally,
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