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Yesterday I posted about a weekend gay bashing in downtown Austin, Texas in which two men were attacked while, they claim, many witnesses looked on without helping them. In a new interview with Austin's KXAN, the men say that when police did arrive, they told them there was nothing they could do.

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  1. So only 12 out of 2500 reported hatecrimes have been prosecuted as hatecrimes in Texas. That's 0.5%.

    And unfortunately the police are correct. Unless the Klansmen are apprehended in the middle of the assault there's little that can be done.

    Gay people ALL need to take self defence lessons and carry a substance like pepper spray with us at all times.

    Posted by: David | Dec 28, 2010 1:23:40 PM


  2. So much for the image of "progressive" Austin in backwards Texas.

    Posted by: PDX Guy | Dec 28, 2010 1:24:48 PM


  3. What was the point of that big struggle to pass the federal hate crimes law.....
    has the law even been used yet?

    Posted by: Hunter | Dec 28, 2010 1:46:33 PM


  4. Anti-Gay Vipers and the Outsider Archetype

    People who identify with the LGBT community live in the shadow of the outsider archetype, whether they are or not aware of it. Even in communities where their survival is not immediately threatened from the outside.

    However, the possibility of a life-threatening change remains ever-present. The treacherous activities of the religious right. Political censors. Gay basher who are penetrating the heart of metropolitan gay communities. Medical professions, which continue to foist drugs known to be toxic such as AZT and DDI to HIV positive people. Cure-happy psychologist.

    All of these figures confirm the need to be wary of anti-gay vipers and their numerous forms. Such narcissism only draws out the worst in people.

    I’m Layla Miller, I Know Stuff

    Posted by: I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff | Dec 28, 2010 2:43:08 PM


  5. It's easy to place blame on the police, but when none of the twenty witnesses were willing to co-operate, what can you expect the police to do? Wave a magic wand and make witnesses appear from thin air? Even the victim in this crime says that when he shouted out the license plate number, no one wrote it down.

    It's sad that non one in this modern technological age was able to get a picture, film, license plate or some shred of evidence. It's a shame no one was willing to jump in and help. It's a shame that the bouncers didn't get involved.

    There's a whole lot of blame to go around but of course, ultimately everyone wants to blame the police for the lack of cooperation from the gay guys who stood, watched, and did nothing.

    Posted by: DR | Dec 28, 2010 3:01:28 PM


  6. Police (dis)interest is heavily influenced by the District Attorney's attitude and involvement in a case. The Travis County (Austin) DA, Rosemary Lehmberg, is a lesbian, so let's just see what happens.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | Dec 28, 2010 5:08:58 PM


  7. Texas police, The Rainbow lounge raid. I'll let you do the math.

    Posted by: Skooter McGoo | Dec 28, 2010 6:36:43 PM


  8. Sure.....gay bashings and other 'hate' crimes never occur in NYC, Portland, L.A., Vancouver.

    Why all the hate on Austin? Give me a break. Many alleged or real 'Hate' crimes are in fact, legally, very difficult to prosecute. And finding those dudes who beat these two guys up is like trying to find a needle in a haystack. Do people reading this realize most crimes, including assaults, go unsolved and un-prosecuted, even a large minority of homicides? The Austin cops weren't lying.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Dec 28, 2010 11:14:54 PM


  9. I live in LaLand but grew up in San Antonio. I thought Austin is a very liberal town 4 being in Texas?

    Posted by: FunMe | Dec 28, 2010 11:23:32 PM


  10. Austin IS a liberal town for Texas. That's why we only had two gay bashings this year.

    Posted by: Cody | Dec 29, 2010 6:26:24 AM


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