Jan 2, 2011
The 2010 repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and major victories in overturning the discriminatory “marriage amendments” around the country are causing a backlash of violence against the Gay and Lesbian community in the United States.
A Texas man says he was the victim of a hate-motivated assault over the weekend.
Bobby Beltran says that as he was leaving a gay club along West 4th Street in Downtown Austin over the weekend, he was attacked by five strangers who jumped out of a vehicle and onto him.
BELTRAN: “The guy jumps out of his car, parks it in the middle of the street, and then surrounded us pretty much in a circle, and just took turns swinging and punching and kicking.”
As the five men reportedly took turns assaulting Beltran and his friend, Chris Ortega, Beltran says – in survival mode – he fought back.
But the 26-year-old victim says the Sunday morning assault has left him traumatized. He believes that the streets of Austin, even gay-friendly 4th Street, aren’t safe right now. He points out that during this attack, several on lookers stood by doing nothing.
2011 is shaping up to be the year of violent retribution against Gays and Lesbians as we fight for equality. As registered christian hate groups such as the American Family Association and the National Organization for Marriage increase their anti-Gay rhetoric, more followers will be driven to act out against the “evil of homosexuality” feeling morally justified in beating and even killing “faggots”.
Do not tolerate this. Buy a gun, carry a gun and if you are attacked by a group of christian brown shirts use your gun. In 2009 there were almost 14 hate crimes committed against Gays and Lesbians every day in the United States. Do not be a victim in 2011.