Glen Ortmann, a gay man who has been homeless for 2 months in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was beaten unconscious in a homophobic group assault in a homeless camp in the woods referred to as Tent City
It makes it 10 times harder when you’re gay and homeless at the same time,” Ortmann said. Ortmann said over the weekend he walked right into a trap after recently revealing he’s gay. “It was a big crowd, and all I remembered really is being hit once or twice and being knocked out cold,” Ortmann said.
His right eye was swollen shut. He also suffered a busted lip and a badly bruised nose. His entire body was filled with pain. “I was sore,” he said. “My head was mainly sore from the beating I took.”
“I was beat up because I was gay,” Ortmann said. “It’s considered a hate crime. It’s against the law to put your hands on someone to begin with.”
It’s hard enough being gay in places like Murfreesboro, Tennessee but the nightmare of being gay and homeless in a place like that is staggering.
Our hearts goes out to Glen.