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Antigay? My Ass, Says Accused Attacker

Antigay? My Ass, Says Accused Attacker

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A British woman accused of an antigay attack offered the unusual defense of showing a picture of a tattoo on her buttocks that she says symbolizes support for LGBT causes, reports London's Daily Telegraph.

Lauren Proverbs (pictured) was accused of punching Gina Landon and using antigay epithets toward her while both were waiting in line at a fast-food restaurant in the town of Borehamwood, near London, last January. In court earlier this month, Proverbs admitted to throwing the punch but said it was in self-defense -- that Landon and her party, which included her girlfriend and the girlfriend's sister, were being aggressive toward Proverbs and her companion.

Proverbs also produced a photograph of a rainbow-hued, flower-shaped tattoo that she said indicated her support for LGBT rights. She said she got the tattoo on her derriere in Spain in 2008 while she was in a lesbian relationship.

The jurors were unable to reach a verdict that Proverbs had caused bodily harm to Landon. Prosecutor Alison Ginn, after consulting with Landon, told Judge Stephen Farrell that she would not seek a retrial, and he recorded a verdict of not guilty.

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Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.
Trudy Ring is The Advocate’s senior politics editor and copy chief. She has been a reporter and editor for daily newspapers and LGBTQ+ weeklies/monthlies, trade magazines, and reference books. She is a political junkie who thinks even the wonkiest details are fascinating, and she always loves to see political candidates who are groundbreaking in some way. She enjoys writing about other topics as well, including religion (she’s interested in what people believe and why), literature, theater, and film. Trudy is a proud “old movie weirdo” and loves the Hollywood films of the 1930s and ’40s above all others. Other interests include classic rock music (Bruce Springsteen rules!) and history. Oh, and she was a Jeopardy! contestant back in 1998 and won two games. Not up there with Amy Schneider, but Trudy still takes pride in this achievement.