I AM BI-SEXUAL
Neither proud nor ashamed of that -- it’s who I am.
BUT BEING BI-SEXUAL GOT ME 8 YEARS IN PRISON
With the recent announcement of Colin Firth taking on the role of me (replacing Harrison Ford who had originally been cast) for the upcoming HBO MAX TV SPECIAL...a growing number of persons continue to raise questions about the hate crime that took place against me 20 years ago in an open court in Durham, North Carolina.
A HATE CRIME WAS COMMITED AGAINST ME 20 YEARS AGO
And this is a growing sentiment shared by millions of people around the United States. Mostly, as a result of the TV show being seen on Netflix while the entire world was on lockdown.
At some point, eventually every person in America had a family member, friend, or neighbor who watched the Netflix show.
One of the things that just jumped off the screen for most people watching the show, was seeing a 13 week, full blown, all-out assault, on my bi-sexuality.
No one could believe that the tv show they were watching was of a real event that took place in an open court room...with hundreds of witnesses...and TV Cameras.
GAY BASHING WAS ALLOWED IN COURT
And so was the the strategy of showing jurors photos of the gay porn that I had looked at on my computer.
Hard to believe, but the video clip that you are seeing above, shows one of the times in court when the Assistant District Attorney hands the jury gay porn photos to look at...
THE DA SHOWED PHOTOS OF GUYS HAVING SEX WITH EACH OTHER TO THE JURY...
This might sound crazy, but the District Attorney actually brought in stacks and stacks of gay porn and forced the jury to look at it. Forcing them to pass it around the jury box. Forcing them to take a hard look at gay photos. And then the District Attorney told the jury how disgusting the gay sexual acts were that they were looking at.
THE DA USED GAY PORN AS AN EXAMPLE TO SHOW THE JURY HOW DISGUSTING I WAS...
(This actually happened in a real court room in the United States...and only 20 years ago.)
The DA SHOWED THE JURY PHOTOS OF MEN SUCKING EACH OTHER'S PENISES...
This actually happened. We were all in the court room watching and listening as the District Attorney is literally forcing jurors to hold printed off copies of gay porn and forcing them to look at photos of men sucking each other's penis. This happened in Durham, North Carolina. In the year, 2001.
The DA SHOWED THE JURY PHOTOS OF MEN HAVING ANAL SEX WITH ONE ANOTHER
EVEN PHOTOS ... OF MEN ... EJACULATING ... ON EACH OTHER
In the video above, you'll hear the District attorney label the gay acts shown in the photos as being..."Filthy" and "Disgusting".
THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY CALLED THOSE ACTS "FILTHY". AND "DISGUSTING".
And then...after declaring the homosexual acts shown in the photos that the jurors were forced to look at as being filthy and disgusting...
The District Attorney pointed at me and said...
I WAS DISGUSTING & FILTHY BECAUSE I WAS BI-SEXUAL
This actually happened.
In a real court room.
And only 20 years ago.
It gets worse.
The DA said that I could not be a loving husband...because I was bi-sexual.
THAT WAS ACTUALLY PART...OF THE OFFICIAL ARGUMENT...BY THE STATE...OF...NORTH CAROLINA...
THE PASSAGE OF TIME...20 YEARS...SHOULD NOT BE AN EXCUSE...
The assaults on my civil rights and who I was born as, should be addressed.
THE HATE CRIME COMMITTED AGAINST ME SHOULD NOT GO UNANSWERED
I honest to God feel that way.
And I think it is normal to feel that way.
Up until now, only rewards have been handed out for this hate crime. Shortly after my trial, the DA was made a powerful judge.
This actually happened. It really did.
A man was actually rewarded and appointed Judge for perpetrating a hate crime.
A "hate crime" mind you, in a case that was overturned.
MY CASE WAS OVERTURNED
MY CONVICTION RESCINDED
I WAS LET OUT OF PRISON
(which was one of the best day's of my life in case you're wondering.)
BUT I DID NOT GET MY 8 YEARS BACK...
NOR DID MY LIFE EVER BECOME...A FRACTION...OF WHAT...IT USED TO BE...
For those that do not know my story, I wrote a book about it several years after my conviction was overturned .
My book mostly focuses on prison life and what I saw.
Nothing prepared me for prison.
You might find it a little shocking. I certainly did. The book was hard to write at times, and it took many years to finally complete.
I hope you read it. There are some extra-ordinary people you'll meet. Stories of love. Sadness. Hope. And many events that are hard to describe, but not possible to forget. Such is life behind bars. But it is real life. A real life that I saw first hand for 8 years.
You can download the first chapter for free
(I recently read that 90% of the people never go past the 1st chapter. I hope that's not true...but I am afraid it is.
Either way, I think you'll be fine with just the free download. If you want to buy the full book, you can do that, too. Proceeds go to charity).
DOWNLOAD: BEHIND THE STAIRCASE
This is the first one I wrote. Apologies in advance for the cover. It's awful, I know. I self published this book and just didn't know what I was doing.
DOWNLOAD: BEYOND THE STAIRCASE
This contains all of the content from the original "Behind The Staircase" and it also has some short stories, as well, that I really wanted to include in the 1st version, but my editor initially wanted to leave them out. When he changed his mind, it was too late. So, we've included the stories here. You'll likely find them a little shocking. But, that was life in prison. It shocked me, too.