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.
Margaret Cho has launched a Twitter tirade against the Philadelphia police department over the light sentences handed down this week for two of the three gay-bashers charged last year in a brutal street attack against a gay couple. Philly police responded that they don’t handle prosecutions. The exchange continued, with Cho complaining that there were no hate crimes charges and the police then informed her that no such law exists in Pennsylvania.
Unfortunately while Philly PD was right that they don;t handle prosecutions they were very wrong when they said that no Hate Crime laws exist in Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA is a member of this union & since hate crimes against LGBT people are illegal in the United States of America as of October 2009 therefore federal law hate crimes legislation applies.
Federal law banning hate crimes against LGBT people needs to be enforced in every state of this union in order to get federal funding and unless it it enforced it is useless.
And as for gay politico Brian Sims. there has been no word of his reaction to the very light pleas bargain deal. But there has been a lot of posts on his Facebook page about fundraising his upcoming run for Congress.