NE: Assault Of Marine Who Defended Gay Friends Being Investigated As A Hate Crime
Ryan Langenegger, a straight marine who is the epitome of an LGBT ally, is still recovering from the injuries he sustained as he defended two gay friends from violent homophobes last weekend. The horrific assault that catapulted Ryan into the hearts of our community this week, is now being investigated as a hate crime, according to Omaha police.
Omaha Police said Thursday officers are investigating this incident as a hate crime. Gay rights activists in Omaha want people to know there's nothing scary about a man in a dress. They will be hosting a rally Saturday to take a stand against hate crimes and homophobia. The rally was organized in response to an assault that happened early Sunday in the Old Market. Ryan Langenegger of Omaha, a 22-year-old straight man and Marine, said he was punched in the face after he peacefully defended his two gay friends.
If you're interested in tomorrow's rally in support of Ryan, PFLAG has the deets:
Saturday in Omaha: The "Drag Out Hate!" rally will start at 4 p.m. at 13th and Howard Streets. Drag queens will lead a peaceful walk through the Old Market.