One tragic account of homophobia has left two young men severely burned and a crazy and col-hearted “stepfather” in police custody.
The 21-year-old and his boyfriend, Anthony Gooden, were severely burned last month when the men say Gooden’s mother’s boyfriend walked in on them sleeping in Gooden’s College Park apartment and poured scalding water all over them.
“I can barely think straight because the burning, the stinging is everywhere,” Tolbert said. Tolbert spent 10 days at Grady Memorial Hospital undergoing surgery that took skin from his thigh to replace skin on his back.
Gooden got out the hospital on Friday.
Martin Blackwell, 48, remains in the Fulton County Jail, charged with two counts of aggravated battery.
“Martin pulled me up and said, ‘Get out of my house with all that gay,’” Tolbert said. “I couldn’t stop screaming.”
Even though he said he wouldn’t put up with the couple in his house, Blackwell did not live in that apartment. It belonged to Gooden and his mother, but Blackwell was frequently visiting.
According to a police report obtained by Channel 2 Action News, Blackwell said he was disgusted by the men’s relationship, telling police, “They’ll be all right. It was just a little hot water on them.”
These graphic photos show how real homophobia is in our society.
Blackwell deserves to have the book thrown at him for doing something so horrific and having no remorse.