Target: Anthony Fera, President of Midstar Energy LP
Goal: Force the resignation of company president charged with assaulting a gay man after using a homophobic slur.
A gay man was beaten unconscious by Anthony Fera, the president of Houston, Texas’ Midstar Energy LP oil company, according to reports. Fera has now been charged with assault and awaits trial. Demand that this man resign from his company’s leadership at once for this alleged act of bigoted violence.
Andy Smith and Paul von Wupperfield, a married gay couple, were walking along a street in Houston one day in April when they say Fera sped by them in his car and almost rode them down. Smith reports that he shouted at him that he nearly ran them over, to which Fera shouted back “F*ck you f*ggot!” According to Smith, a few more words were exchanged before things escalated to violence.
Smith’s police report says that Fera stopped his car in traffic, exited, ran up to the couple, and punched Smith in the face. Smith was apparently knocked unconscious for almost a minute as Fera returned to his car and drove off. Smith came away with a fractured nose, a black eye, a shoulder injury, and various lacerations.
As a result of the incident, Fera has been charged with assault. This kind of apparent homophobic violence is unacceptable from anyone, especially those in charge of major oil corporations. Sign the petition below to demand that Fera resign from his post with Midstar Energy LP at once.
Dear President Fera,
I am writing you today regarding the assault charge you are currently awaiting trial for. The possibility that you allegedly beat a man unconscious is horrible enough, but the fact that it seems to have been motivated by his sexual orientation is absolutely disgusting.
Judging from Andy Smith’s report, the man you allegedly beat, you are lucky that you were not charged with an anti-gay hate crime. Calling a gay person a “f*ggot” betrays a profound personal homophobia, and being so angered by his existence that one is willing to stop one’s car in traffic just to get out and hit him is something that no normal, decent person would do.
Though you have not yet been found guilty of any wrongdoing, the story of this alleged assault is damning enough that your reputation will likely never recover. You cannot in good conscience remain in charge of your company. I demand that resign from your post as president of Midstar Energy LP as soon as possible.
[Your Name Here]
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