We've covered so incidences of violence from all over the world that have been associated with LGBT Pride events this year. We look at those cases and say, "thank goodness that's not us." We were reminded this week that there is still violence here at home.
NBD DFW covered a hate crime that occurred in Dallas over the weekend, just after that city's pride events had come to a close.
It was meant to be a day of celebration, but hours after participating in the Alan Ross Freedom Parade with friends in Dallas, a 29-year-old man woke up in the hospital, the victim of a hate crime.
The man doesn’t want to be identified while police look for his attackers, but he said around 10 p.m. on Sunday he decided to walk down Cedar Springs Road to a friend’s house.
Shortly after passing Douglas Avenue, he was blindsided.
“I never saw anyone, but I was hit on the left side of my face with a bat,” he said.
After that, the attackers, a group of four men, threw him in a vehicle and continued their assault.
“There was a guy who had his knees on my shoulders and was using his fist to my face,” he said. “I just remember saying 'take whatever you want, please stop hitting me.'” He said the men continued to pummel him while driving down the road and rifling through his pockets.
Finally, about a mile later, near Sylvester Street and Wycliff Avenue, they stopped and pulled him out of the car.
“They were saying stuff like, ‘stupid fag’ and whatever.” He said the men continue to beat him. “The next thing I remember, I woke up and there was blood all around me. That was probably the scariest part.” With what energy he had, he shouted for help, finally catching the attention of a nearby neighbor who called 911.
Once in the hospital, the man discovered he had a fractured skull, a concussion and needed 30 stitches across his head. “It saddens me more than anything,” he said. “There’s still so much hate out there.”
Now he’s hoping police can catch the men responsible. At the same time, he is sharing his story as a reminder to the public. He said there is still a big battle to be fought when it comes to the LGBT community. “So stuff like this doesn’t happen in the future. Definitely less often. The fight’s not over.”
Investigators are asking anyone with information to come forward and contact Dallas police immediately. – www.nbcdfw.com
We wish this victim a fast recovery and quick justice.
Do you think there is just as much violence here in the US toward our community or has it lessened with acceptance?
Do you think there is more violence toward our community since our issues / rights gain so much political attention and we are no longer out of sight out of mind?
I want to thank my friend Kenny for these words.
"This is why we have gay pride. It wasn't born out of a need to celebrate not being straight but, to be able to exist without persecution. To not be beaten, murdered, evicted, or fired just for being who you are."