Gay man goes to the federal court after his house burnt down


A gay man in the US has filed a federal lawsuit after months of abuse which in the end caused his house set on fire. Randy Gamel-Medler of Hitchcock, Oklahoma, was threatened initially at a September 2016 town council meeting where he, as a father of an African-American boy, faced racism. Despite a police report being filed at the time, nothing was done and gay dad started to receive threats to kill his boy, who is just 7. “Meradith Norris, one of the trustees, had seen him in the yard and asked if he was our son,” Gamel-Medler told NBC News, “She said to me, ‘What are you going to do when your house burns down and we don’t send out the firetrucks?’” The federal lawsuit is filed naming nine individuals. He had called police in May when he heard a sound of broken glass. When he noticed the fire in his garage, he called the fire brigade which did not arrive until the house burned completely. “The horrific treatment of this man and his child are a terrible reminder of how hatred and bigotry feed off of each other,” said Gamel-Medler’s attorney, Mark Hammons. “I hope this lawsuit will bring justice for him and social awareness for everyone.”


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