Vice decided to shine the spotlight on how some are fighting back against the far-right behind bars: By running a column written by a convicted pedophile serving a 45-year sentence for molesting three children under the age of 16 who now spends his days in a gay prison gang called the “Rainbow Warriors.”
Yes, you read that correctly. The latest soldier in the battle for social justice is a deranged pervert who was charged with “[inducing] three boys, ages seven, nine, and ten, to touch and/or be touched and kissed by the other boys with the intent to gratify [the author’s] sexual desire,” according to court documents. He also allegedly “took photographs of the boys touching and kissing each other,” and forced one of the boys to “watch and photograph” him while he masturbated.
According to police, at least two of the boys were his cousin or nephew.
Of course, you wouldn’t get those details by reading his column, “My Gay Prison Gang Fights Neo-Nazis.” Aside from a small disclaimer at the bottom of his piece that states he was convicted for sexual abuse of children under the age of 16, the author says he was merely “a gay man convicted of a sex crime.” (EXCLUSIVE: Gavin McInnes Weighs In On Vice Media Replacing CEO Shane Smith)
In prison, the author, Dennis Mintun, felt alienated because he was concerned other prisoners would find out about his crimes.
Eventually, he engaged in a romantic relationship with another gay prisoner named Peter, who was eventually assaulted and killed.
In response, Mintun formed a gang to stop alleged white supremacists from attacking gays and sex offenders.
“With the help of two friends, I began to gather many of the gay and transgender inmates in a gang of our own. We even formulated a set of ‘rules’ (really just common-sense advice), such as “never walk anywhere by yourself,” Mintun describes.
“Our number-one objective was to counter the Aryans’ program of “jumping in recruits” by beating up gays and sex offenders. So we teamed up every time they tried, and after a few of their initiations went south, they began jokingly calling us the ‘Rainbow Warriors,'” he continues.
Ironically, Mintun felt compelled to form the gang because “when one person is persecuted or abused, and there is something I can do about it, especially if that person is my gay or trans brother or sister, it is my problem.”
Unfortunately for Mintun’s nephews or cousins, that belief didn’t extend to them.
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