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Soulforce board member attacked

Photo of Paul Dodd recently speaking out against the Texas constitutional amendment that would discriminate against GLBT people. He was beaten by two men in his apartment.

House Blender Kathy sent me this release from Soulforce, the gay answer to the religious right run by Mel White (former ghostwriter for Jerry Falwell and Pat Robertson). It’s sad news to see violence against Paul Dodd, a member of an organization that has a mission to work for “freedom for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from religious and political oppression through the practice of relentless nonviolent resistance.”

Soulforce board member Paul Dodd was attacked in his apartment in Austin, Texas, Tuesday night, September 20, by two men who beat him severly. Though evidence points to this being a hate-crime, police are continuing to investigate.

Paul is currently hospitalized. Though his physicians say his injuries are not life threatening, stitches were needed to close deep gashes in his face.

Soulforce staff member Jeff Lutes is with Paul in the hospital and will report as he hears directly from Paul’s doctors.

Besides being a Soulforce board member and a front lines activist in our attempt to Stop Spiritual Violence against GLBT people, Paul, a former Army Chaplain, is also an active member of the Service Members Legal Defense Network’s Honorary Board.

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