A recent epidemic of violent gay bashings in the he Dallas gayborhood of Oak Lawn is leaving gay men in fear of their lives and Thursday night there was another one.
The Dallas Morning News reports:
Police are investigating after a bartender was beaten up while walking to his friend’s home in Oak Lawn Thursday night — the latest in a spate of attacks in the neighborhood in recent months. Geoffrey Hubbard reportedly left work at the Tap House bar on Cedar Springs Road to have drinks with friends. He was assaulted about 11 p.m. in the 3200 block of Knight Street while walking to a friend’s house, our media partners at KXAS-TV (NBC5) report.
He rolled under a SUV parked nearby to protect himself. “He grabbed my pocket and was trying to grab my wallet and I kicked him off and just yelled for help,” Hubbard told WFAA from his hospital room at Baylor University Medical Center. An off-duty police officer happened to be driving in the area and helped Hubbard. He remains in the ICU this morning with a skull fracture, according to WFAA. Oak Lawn’s LGBT community was already on edge because of at least 10 attacks on people since September.
Out of the 10 gay bashings so fat the Dallas police are only investigating one of the earlier attacks as a hate crime because the assailants used anti-gay slurs as they beat their victim with a baseball bat and robbed him.
In the FBI’s 2014 report of Hate Crimes against Americans over 56 percent of sexual orientation crimes are committed against gay men.
Back2Stonewall reminds all LGBT people to stay aware and be careful!