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Sunday, June 19, 2011

If you're a woman, let me f*ck you in public. We ought to get away with it since we're not two gay men holding hands.

Meet Jeff Rivera.

He's a successful entrepreneur that has risen from nothing to become one of the greatest literary success stories. He has three books under his belt and is known by every major publisher, literary agent, and basically by who's who in the book industry. If you've either read my action/thriller, Pandora's Succession, or my short story anthology, Unsavory Delicacies, you would've seen his name in the acknowledgements. That's because Jeff has done a lot to help me launch my writing career.

Right now I'd like to do everything I can to help Jeff. Today I received an email from him, asking for my help, and it's very serious. Apparently he and his partner, Geovanny Delgado Castro, were victims of discrimination due to their sexual orientation. This occured in Costa Rica, where they both live. They were having a meal at a casino, where they occasionally held hands at the table. Mind you, they weren't kissing like others around them, nor were they engaging in any lewd conduct. Yet, casino staff felt compelled to approach them and warn them that their so-called misconduct would get them escorted off the premises by security.

Rather than taking this matter lying down, Jeff filed a complaint with the authorities. But the casino is resisting by providing false witness testimonies against Jeff and Geovanny.

This is why I'm asking for your help. Please click on the following link and read Jeff's blog where he describes what actually happened. He's also provided casino video footage within his blog to corroborate his arguments.

If you've read my other blogs, you'd know that I support human rights, truth, and justice, and that I condemn any form of injustice. This latest case of discrimination, for me, hits close to home. Whether discrimination is racial, religeous, gender, age, or sexual orientation, it has absolutely no place on this planet.

Please help me help Jeff and Geovanny, and send this blog or the link to Jeff's blog I provided to everyone you know and let's make a difference. Every voice counts. Jeff and Geovanny's case depend on it. Thanks.

Russell Brooks is the author of Unsavory Delicacies and Pandora's Succession.