Jacqueline Alexander has been arrested because she beat her son for acting “too feminine and too gay.” Police say that Alexander punched her son in the face and her neighbors were astonished to find out she abused her own child. Allegedly, Alexander’s son was lying in bed when she accused him of being “too feminine and gay”.

Authorities have not stated  Alexander’s son’s age.

“It’s shocking every time it happens, but it’s not new to us at the center,” said Will Batts, who runs the Memphis Gay and Lesbian Center. “We hear a lot of stories about people who are assaulted by family members. Young people who are kicked out of their houses when they come out to a parent.”

Alexander is charged with domestic assault and is in jail on a $1,000 bond. Her first court date is set for Thursday, Feb. 19.

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