Man Murdered For Carrying Fiance’s Purse

In a striking example of the pervasiveness of gender-based discrimination, Nashville bus driver Willie Houston was murdered on July 29 on his way from celebrating his engagement, targeted simply because he happened to be carrying a purse. He was helping a blind friend enter a Nashville men’s room and was holding his fiance’s purse at the time.

Suspect Louis Davidson II, whom police are still seeking, allegedly referenced the purse and made anti-gay slurs, then pointed a gun at Houston and shot him. Witnesses reported that Houston “put his hands in the air and said he just wanted to go home.”

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GenderPAC National News Ð August 27, 2001

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