Robert Zimmerman on brother George Zimmerman and being gay

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(Reprinted) FLORIDA, July 5, 2013 — George Zimmerman doesn’t exist; he never has.

Not the George Zimmerman you’ve read and heard about, the man excoriated as a racist, a vigilante, a man recklessly indifferent to life ― to Trayvon Martin’s life.

George Zimmerman’s brother Robert knows a different man. He believes that in the politicized rush to punish someone, a man has been replaced with a caricature; in the rush to destroy the caricature, the life of the man has been irreparably damaged, with all the reckless, vigilante indifference supposedly meted out by George.

For all the heavy media coverage of this trial, one simple, unanswered question sits at the heart of the story: Who is George Zimmerman? What kind of man was he before his life collided with Trayvon Martin’s?


Robert Zimmerman has some answers.

When he speaks of his big brother, Robert tells the story of a bond that reaches back to childhood. The Zimmerman boys grew up together in Manassas, a northern Virginia suburb of Washington.

“(T)here’s obviously childhood and then there’s early adulthood,” Robert Zimmerman says from his home in Florida. “(D)uring childhood, we were always a dynamic duo; like sort of a unit everywhere we went.”

Because of this, members of their community referred to them as “the boys.”

During their youth, people often remarked that the two had a strong likeness, though the Zimmerman brothers did not share this view. Each wished to maintain his personal identity, but they still looked out for one another.

This was never more important — until the Martin shooting — than when Robert publicly came out as gay. He was nineteen at the time.

“(W)hen I came out to family, it caused some confusion and a lot of, you know, feelings associated with that confusion; not really understanding what that meant and stuff like that,” Robert says.

“George was the first person who reached out. He came to my house, he reached out to my partner at the time, who I was actually with for eleven years, and tried to make me and him feel very comfortable and was very supportive because I had been true to myself and, even though it might be a little bit inconvenient or misunderstood … honesty was the best policy, and that if I was being true to who I was … that’s all that mattered and everything would work out fine.”

“George graduated high school when he was seventeen years old,” Robert explains. An uncle in the insurance field had a job to offer at the time, “and George wanted to go directly into the workforce, and was very ambitious about being … like his uncle was with insurance.”

George Zimmerman moved to the suburban town of Lake Mary, located between Sanford and Orlando, where he began working for his uncle. He later moved to Sanford, which boasted greater business and educational opportunities.

Zimmerman would eventually achieve success in the insurance field and marry his sweetheart, Sherrie. After awhile, despite a few minor roadblocks, he was well established and seemed on his way to economic success and civic involvement. He hoped to follow in his father’s footsteps as a magistrate judge someday, because he saw it as an important public service.

Then his life collided with Trayvon Martin’s.

With each passing day, the case against Zimmerman seems to crumble. It was never strong, and at first the state of Florida declined to prosecute. But soon the picture of elfin-faced young Martin was plastered all over the internet. The media began to build the case of a slight and innocent honor student who was out for nothing more than a bag of Skittles when he was racially profiled and gunned down by the hulking white Zimmerman.

No charges were filed until a highly controversial special prosecutor stepped in amidst social outrage. A first-degree murder charge was clearly unsupportable, and the prosecution went for second-degree. Angela Corey didn’t even allow the case be presented to a grand jury. That says more than almost anything else possibly could.

It turned out that a major media outlet, one of the leaders in the pack attack on Zimmerman, had doctored a damning phone transcript to turn him into a racist. Racism no longer fits as part of the prosecution narrative in this case. It turns out that Zimmerman really did suffer injuries that night, that the innocent kid in Martin’s pictures had grown and wasn’t so slight or innocent.

Even if he is found not guilty, it appears all but certain that Zimmerman and his family will leave Florida without looking back. Had he never run into Martin, there’s no telling how bright Zimmerman’s future would have been.


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  • DRAKE MALLARD

    “Juror B37 I think George Zimmerman is a man whose heart was in the right place”

    Is America finally looking at the real George Zimmerman?

    George Zimmerman has amounted to nothing of significance and done absolutely nothing with his life before or after killing trayvon and likes to make himself feel better by beating up women, stalking your ex, animal abuse, road rage, bullying people co worker /neighbors, drunk in public, hitting a under cover cop, child sexual molestation cousin and s e x ting your girl friend daughter, domestic violence, and pulling gun on people. got away with gunning down an unarmed teen.You really have to be a piece of hit to make a panting that chitty that is still not even original. zimmerman is unbalanced fool abusing his prescription drugs. He should be rotting in a prison. it’s clear that this man is a danger to the general public, so I hope the next person that he commits a criminal act against – and there will be a next person – will have the will to press charges and generate legal problems for Zimmerman. He must be put under supervision for the safety of all people.

    America yet another nightmare because you don’t have the functioning brains necessary to see what’s right in front of you eyes. How can George Zimmerman be allowed to carry a gun? This might be the most asinine

    • epazote

      This tall tale fantasy *report * on George Zimmerman omits many pertinent facts
      1) since graduation from high school he’d been alrgely unemployed and/or working under the table as security at illegal RAVE parties
      2) he and his wife had lived in her parents home for an extended time
      3) he’d attended jr college for several years (5 ?) and hadn’t yet earned an Associates degree owing to poor grades
      4)at the time of the shooting both George and his wife were unemployed and unable to support themselves. Zimmerman’s parents had been paying their rent at the Twin Lakes housing complex
      5) George hasn’t taken to wearing a concealed weapon due to “threats” after being acquitted by a compromised jury…he’s been packing a sidearm for several years

      Oh hell, why bother ? The author of this article attempting to rehabilitate George and his immediate family members failed to identify his former wife by her proper name Shellie…and reports her name as being Sherrie.

      I’m thoroughly disgusted with the entire Zimmerman gang..they are despicable whining, paranoid, self entitled grifters !