Student dismissed for hate mail sent from Oak Ridge to UK

OAK RIDGE – A student worker has been dismissed from sending hate emails to a Web site based in Great Britian.

Lee Tomlinson, who operates, contacted Out & About Newspaper for help in dealing with Brad DeMarcus of Anderson County . DeMarcus allegedly sent hate messages to Tomlinson’s site, an online resource that offers help to anyone affected by “homophobia, gay hate crimes, or queer bashing.”

Demarcus, a student worker at Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), sent the posting via his email address from ORAU.

ORAU Corporate Director of Human Resouces Daniel W. Standley said that DeMarcus’ position as temporary Vocational Office Education (VOE) student worker has been terminated.

ORAU is a “university consortium leveraging the scientific strength of 91 major research institutions to advance science and education by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies and private industry. ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the U.S. Department of Energy.”

“We…could not find any indication that Bradley conducted any of the activity in question on company time or by using company computing resources.  Nevertheless, please be advised that his attitude and conduct is not consistent with anything ORAU desires to have any association with,” Standley stated.

Tomlinson also received email from an America Online (AOL) address used by DeMarcus. Despite a sluggish initial response from AOL, he has received telephone communication from the office of Karen Thompson, AOL’s United Kingdom (UK) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman indicating that they are taking action against the AOL account used by DeMarcus. DeMarcus’ personal AOL page remains online with previously posted racist remarks removed.

After consultation with Knoxville Police Department Detective Brian Malone, the case was referred to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office. No plans for prosecution or other action were planned at press time.

Tomlinson’s Web site can be found at and includes a page on DeMarcus. The GAYHATE Web site is packed with information on dealing with homophobic hate and is particularly helpful for persons in the UK . It is a “must read” for GLBT visitors anticipating a trip to London.

by Spectrum Medical Care Center

Nurse Practitioner Ari Kravitz

When I started medical transition at 20 years old, it was very difficult to get the care I needed for hormone replacement therapy because there are very few providers trained in starting hormones for trans people, even though it’s very similar to the hormones that we prescribe to women in menopause or cisgender men with low testosterone.

I hope more providers get trained in LGBTQ+ healthcare, so they can support patients along their individual gender journey, and provide the info needed to make informed decisions about their body. I’ve personally seen my trans patients find hope and experience a better quality of life through hormone replacement therapy.

Keep readingShow less

Descanso Resort swimming pool and lounge area

Descanso Resort, Palm Springs' premier destination for gay men, just received Tripadvisor's highest honor, a Travelers' Choice "Best of the Best" award for 2023. Based on guests' reviews and ratings, fewer than 1% of Tripadvisor's 8 million listings around the world receive the coveted "Best of the Best" designation. Descanso ranked 12th in the top 25 small inns and hotels category in the United States. Quite an accomplishment!

Open less than two years, Descanso Resort offers gay men a relaxing and luxurious boutique hotel experience just minutes away from Palm Springs' buzziest restaurants, nightclubs, and shopping. Descanso has quickly established itself as a top destination for sophisticated gay travelers, earning hundreds of 5-star guest reviews and consistently ranking in Trapadvisor's top positions alongside brother properties Santiago Resort and Twin Palms Resort.

Keep readingShow less
Photo by Pexels

Abortion Rights

Sponsored by Planned Parenthood

Abortion is not just a women's issue. Reproductive rights, including abortion, affects everyone, including queer people. Our involvement in the fight for abortion rights is both crucial and interconnected to the fight for LGBTQ+ rights. Here are five reasons why LGBTQ+ communities are involved in abortion rights.

Keep readingShow less