Emboldened homophobes are becoming more violent.
In two separate incidents, three gay men were brutally attacked outside nightclubs in Austin, TX over the weekend.
Leaving the popular downtown club Barbarella on ‘Tuesgayz,’ Robert Foster and a friend, both drag performers were attacked.
Foster explained their attacker punched him in the head; knock out a tooth, and then running him over in a car. Resulting in a broken leg.
“What comes to mind is that this is like a pattern. This needs to be stopped,” Foster told KTBC-TV. “If it is a pattern we need better security around the bars and the clubs people need to know just because it hasn’t happened to you yet, it can.”
In a separate incident, across Austin, Oscar Zavaleta was assaulted by two men outside Bout Time II, an LGBT bar on Austin’s north side.
Zavaleta suffered a broken nose and a black eye.
With anti-gay hate crimes on the rise in America, Back2Stonewall.com urges members of the gay community to be diligently aware of their surroundings and take the proper care and action for their own personal safety.