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Gay Man Severely Beaten Outside Albuquerque Nightclub

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The weekend beating of a gay man outside the Effex nightclub in Albuquerque, New Mexico brought people out to a meeting last night in which they called for improved security in the area.

The gay man was beaten by a gang of several men after rushing to the assistance of a woman being assaulted by the gang.

KOAT reports: "Dozens in the local gay community are demanding change saying they don't feel safe in downtown Albuquerque. They claim there have been a lot of problems before this weekends beating and on Wednesday pleaded with the mayor's office and the police department to make some serious changes. 'I don't think there's any way to describe how horrible it is,' said the victim. The victim said he wanted to remain anonymous in fear of retaliation. He said can't forget his experience after leaving the Effex Club on Saturday. 'I was pushed back and held back we were both sprayed in the face with pepper spray just before they started to chase us,' the man said. He said he and his partner stopped to help a girl on a downtown sidewalk when five men ran after them yelling derogatory statements about their sexual orientation. Then, he said they started kicking his significant other. 'His knee was shattered. His leg was broken and he's in a lot of pain,' he said. 'I am scared to go downtown and it's up to you and to you to help make this a safe place not just for the gay community, but for all people.'"

Police and the DA's office are not classifying it as a hate crime at this time because the motivation for the crime, they say, is unclear.

Watch a news report from local station KOB, AFTER THE JUMP...


 

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  1. I'd be curious to know what security measures the bar has taken to protect customers in a known dangerous area. Sadly, gay clubs have a deserved reputation for indifference to the safety of patrons.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jul 22, 2010 9:00:01 AM


  2. As the assaults on gay people rise, keep this in mind:

    First they ignore you (check!); then they laugh at you (Check!); then they fight/beat you (CHECK!); then you WIN!

    You are witnessing the last desperate death throws of bigots who know they are losing their self-created "culture war". They've run out of ideas, they've run out of effective lies and they're running out of time. Now their animal instincts are kicking in and they're doing what any doomed and cornered animal does.

    Time to turn up the heat even more!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jul 22, 2010 10:12:43 AM


  3. My experience leads me generally not to rely on the police for any help. I have lived in "dangerous" minority areas in Chicago, New York, and D.C., but the only gun muzzle I have ever had put in my face was by an undercover police officer in Chicago who mistakenly thought the guy I was with was carrying drugs in his zippered college notebook.

    If only the police were as thorough and judicious in killing men trolling the parks for sex (see yesterday's story from Newark) as they are with classification of crimes as "hate" or not.

    Posted by: Chad | Jul 22, 2010 11:03:16 AM


  4. Tampazeke : When was there ever supposed to be a war between gay culture and African-American "thug" culture at all ?

    Posted by: JT | Jul 22, 2010 1:58:28 PM


  5. I HAVE LIVED IN ALBUQ ALL MY LIFE AND DON'T THINK THE TOWN IS ANTI-GAY.ALSO THINK THE POLICE DO WHAT THEY CAN BUT DOWNTOWN HAS BEEN UNSAFE FOR YEARS FOR EVERYONE, EVERY WEEKEND SOMEONE IS HURT AT THE CLUBS, THE POLICE IF THEY START STOPPING PEOPLE AND CHECKING THEM OUT,THEY ARE MESS'ING WITH US AND IF THEY DON'T DO ANYTHING THEY DON'T CARE. I KNOW SOME VERY GOOD OFFICERS THAT TRY TO PROTECT EVERYONE AND IT HELPS THAT THEY ARE GAY TOO

    Posted by: FRANK | Feb 24, 2012 12:49:16 AM


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