Did you know that for 6 months, Andrew Shirvell, assistant attorney general for the state of Michigan, has waged an online bullying campaign against college student Chris Armstrong, an openly gay student assembly president at U Michigan in Ann Arbor? I didn't and I want to spread the word... I hope you will too.
CNN broadcaster, Anderson Cooper, had Shirvell on his show earlier this week and last night Cooper invited Shirvell's boss, Michigan Attorney General Cox (a man with a history of turning a deaf ear to GLBT issues), to his show to ask why he has allowed such aggressive behavior from his assistant. Needless to say, the story is both bizarre and frightening. There's a lot on the internet about this story - Queerty has a good posting you can read here.
I was going to read Shirvell's blog today, but after his appearance on CNN he blocked his site. I was student council president when I was in college, and I can't imagine what I would have done if someone did the same thing to me. I found Shirvell's office number and have decided to post it - his work telephone no. is (517) 373-4875.
Additionally, his boss, MI AG Mike Cox office e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm going to send an e-mail to Mr. Cox for what its worth. The main number for the A.G.s office in Lansing, MI is (517) 373-1110
Boy Culture Blog has posted that Michigan A.G. Mike Cox has clarified reports that Andrew Shirvell has been suspended -- Note that he has not - Shirvell has taken a voluntary, paid leave of absence following months of harassing U of M student body president Chris Armstrong, whose homosexuality Shirvell literally views as a sign the younger man is 'Satan's emissary'.
To this I say WTF? So now Shirvell can spend 24/7 fixating on terrorizing this kid? And why shouldn't he? No disciplinary actions are underway; he's still receiving pay and benefits. Are you kidding me Michigan?