Jayson Hastie tried to extort money from gay men using the popular hookup app Grindr.
Upon arrival, Hastie and an accomplice confronted the victim, falsely identifying themselves as police officers, and forced him to give them $2000AU and told him if he didn’t make weekly payments that they would expose him and leak their sexually explicit chat conversations.
The victim went to the real police and Hastie was arrested and received a 20-month sentence for his crime.
Bad guys use grindr to target gay men
This is not the first and certainly won’t be the last time a bad guy uses the dating app grindr to target gay men. This victim got lucky but others haven’t.
LGBT people are the most targeted group for hate crimes!
According to the New York Times LGBTs are twice as likely to be targets of hate crimes than Blacks and even Jews.
Unfortunately, there are still many people that see gay men as effeminate, weak, and unable to defend themselves. You don’t have to fall into that category.
Don’t be a victim of gay bashing!
Some tips to protect your gay safety:
- There’s safety in numbers. Almost all of the victims were alone
- Don’t show fear. If you they think you’re likely to put up a fight they’ll leave you alone. Most bad guys are looking for easy pickings
- Have a self-defense tool
If you do have a gun then you need a concealed holster so you can have it when you need it. Period. I found this one for free just pay for shipping.
But many gay men and women are uncomfortable carrying a firearm. That’s okay; you can still protect yourself with things like this special Tac-Lite flashlight. It seems really cool and got one myself!
The bottom line is because Thomas Autry had a pocket knife he is alive and well.
I know many of you will say “But you can’t carry a knife everywhere!”
That’s true that’s why I recommend a tactical pen. It’s a fully functional self-defense tool cleverly disguised as a writing utensil and a flashlight. It has a tungsten steel striker, a bottle opener, and yes it actually writes!
Secret service agents carry pens like these!
My Personal Strike Pen