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Man's Face Shattered in Brutal Anti-Gay Hate Crime in Hollywood: VIDEO


Victor Diego, a 22-year-old employee of Beso, a Hollywood restaurant owned by actress Eva Longoria, sustained fractured ribs, a shattered cheekbone, and a broken jaw in an attack on Thursday night police are investigating as a hate crime, CBS LA reports:

Diego, who is a gay and transgender man, was dressed up to hang out with friends.

“Sometimes men try to talk to him and they get humiliated in front of their friends when they realize it’s a man,” said his sister, Virginia Diego.

“Because he looks really good, he looks like a woman, you couldn’t tell the difference,” she said.

His sister said the assailants kicked him in his temple, which will require surgery.

“He was basically left for dead just because of who he is,” said Virginia.


ps - it's not clear at the moment whether Diego identified as a man or a woman, given the information in the report that he is gay and trans. For now, based on his relatives' statements we are identifying him as a man. If that is clarified to be different, we will update our post.


While previous information regarding the victim's gender identity was unclear, the Los Angeles Police Department has now clarified that the victim's name is Vivian and she uses female pronouns. At this point, the victim's preferred last name has not been released.

In a story for the local CBS affiliate in Los Angeles, the victim's sisters suggested that their sibling was dressed in women's clothes at the time of the attack. The reporter told viewers that the sisters described their sibling as "gay and transgender" and they used a male name to refer to her. Moving forward, media outlets should refer to Vivian with female pronouns and the name she gave to the LAPD.

Vivian's sisters also referred to the attack as a "hate crime" but the LAPD's investigation has yet to confirm a motive for the crime. If it is confirmed to be a hate crime, it should be referred to as an anti-transgender hate crime, not an anti-gay hate crime.

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  1. The attackers were probably Democrats.

    Posted by: Brent | Jun 3, 2013 9:29:47 AM

  2. Thank you for your clarity and honesty on reporting his/her gay/trans identity.

    Posted by: Robert | Jun 3, 2013 9:39:16 AM

  3. I hope he recovers quickly. The motha' f.kcas can't destroy his beauty.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 3, 2013 9:43:37 AM

  4. Based on the comments made by the sister, it would appear that Victor is a transgender woman (MTF) who is likely very early in her transition. This seems like pretty sloppy journalism by CBS LA - which I guess shouldn't be too terribly surprising. If Victor is a trans woman, then the comments by the sister shows serious ignorance on her part.

    Posted by: JSH | Jun 3, 2013 9:49:45 AM

  5. Pay close attention, young men. This is what happens to you when you embrace the culture of effeminacy.....that is, if you don't commit suicide or overdose first.....

    Whether you are in LA or NY....or Nebraska or Alabama.....or London or Tokyo or Buenos Aires

    It's your choice--make sure you make the right one.

    Posted by: Rick | Jun 3, 2013 10:04:28 AM

  6. Now compare this poor guys face to the face of the dude attacked by the teenagers in Prospect Park. Yeah, exactly.

    Brutal. CTV cameras I hope. Someone will hopefully rat them out.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 3, 2013 10:12:59 AM

  7. @ "If Victor is a trans woman, then the comments by the sister shows serious ignorance on her part."

    What the are you talking about? Many Transfolk call themselves Gay when they are young. They don't know the term "Transgender". Bigots call them f.ggots, and so they think of themselves as Gay.

    Boy, maybe I should not read the comments today.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 3, 2013 10:15:55 AM

  8. What The HELL are you implying, TrollBastard?

    Your post is complete incomprehensible.

    Why not take out your secret decoder ring, give it a spin, then repost.

    Because your sentance makes ZERO sense...and a lot of us here don't understand TrollSpeak.

    Unless, of course, you're a Moron. Then anything can makes sense.

    As for you, 'Rick';

    The 'culture' of effeminancy' that obviously panics and SCARES YOU TO DEATH, has been around long before you were born. And it will be long AFTER you are dead. Which hopefully is sooner than later. Because YOU are a waste of air.

    For the rest of us, this culture of 'effeminacy' poses NO threat in anyway.

    Posted by: mic | Jun 3, 2013 10:40:15 AM

  9. Brent and Rick are the same person. Lets ignore them until they go away, hopefully forever.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 3, 2013 10:45:35 AM

  10. Diego's sister sounds like a real gem. my heart goes out to them. this is what a culture of ignorance and prejudice does - it turns insecure cowards into violent thugs. people hate what stirs up insecurity in themselves.

    kudos to all who continue to defy this culture of ignorance by living out loud. change comes from visibility and a refusal to hide away in the shadows.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jun 3, 2013 10:47:55 AM

  11. @mic,

    The guy 'gay bashed' by teenagers in Brooklyn DIDN'T HAVE A SCRATCH ON HIS FACE. That's what I'm saying.

    This gentleman was obviously in a fight, and on the receiving end of a serious beating.

    So calm the F down. I didn't say ANYTHING troll-like. I said NOTHING offensive. I said NOTHING 'Homophobic' or 'Transphobic'. No one died and made you king. Try and learn to deal with diversity in your world, including diversity in ideas and thought. I understand for some people on here that's never going to happen, they're pernicious shills and trolls, and will be to the day they die.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 3, 2013 11:10:30 AM

  12. @Raymond Miller,

    Do you have ANY other talking point, mantra, other than claiming anyone who hates gays is insecure in their own sexuality and probably gay themselves? Or that they are trying to please their 'homophobic' father? What is it about people's father's that so fascinates you? Are you projecting your own life experiences?

    There are many reasons why people hate others, and many reasons why people assault others. And I know you're dying to make a post about my dad being gang raped by black men and saying how much he enjoyed the experience before he died, but try and control your innate sadism and viciousness.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 3, 2013 11:18:56 AM

  13. JSH - Did it occur to you that Victor or his sister might choose to not CONFORM to YOUR expectations?

    Your obsession with pronouns is clearly a sign that this is a trivial matter. If it isn't, then stop getting your girdle in a roll over the trivial.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 3, 2013 11:36:10 AM

  14. The bottom line here is that society should not tolerate or promote violence against anyone. Even if Victor was dressed as Leslie Ann Warren and swinging from a light post yelling "Hey baby! You dating?" at passing trucks it's not an excuse for some street thug to attack him, or for everyone else to stand by and watch it.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 3, 2013 11:38:12 AM

  15. Oh, see-- either I'm still drunk or the world has turned upside down. David Hearne is actually making sense today.

    I'm outta' here, Miss Thing.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 3, 2013 11:51:41 AM

  16. Wondering if he has health insurance through Longoria's business.

    Posted by: CVP | Jun 3, 2013 11:55:33 AM

  17. @rick. you need to practice love and acceptance. we're not all the same and that will never change

    Posted by: gomez | Jun 3, 2013 12:17:40 PM

  18. OMFG... that is so awful. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

    Posted by: Lucas H | Jun 3, 2013 2:28:56 PM

  19. Derrick, I think that at my advanced age (just turned 55) it would be courteous to address me as "Mrs. Thing" (or I actually prefer Ting) as one might reasonably expect me to be or have been married.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Jun 3, 2013 3:39:08 PM

  20. David,

    how the hell could you be living in retirement in Florida at age 55?

    Rick, why did you invent David Hearne? I'm curious why some Towleroad regulars have to invent new posters to comment. There's got to be a reason...other than insanity.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 3, 2013 3:51:23 PM

  21. Derrick, it's because Rick knows his crazy opinions will be dismissed/ignored instantly unless he creates other personas to agree with/parrot his points. He's trying to legitimize his opinions by creating false, agreeable participants.

    Posted by: MateoM | Jun 3, 2013 3:58:27 PM

  22. Rick you are a vile disgusting pig and this effeminate male would wipe the floor with you face given the opportunity.
    I really hope that someone that is monitoring this sight sees this and deletes it so they will know that I WILL NEVER READ THIS BLOG AGAIN!! The hate coming from rick at rat on a daily basis is simply not worth it!!!!

    Posted by: nefter | Jun 3, 2013 4:00:21 PM

  23. @nefter,

    No problem. As soon as Mr. Miller stops his crap. He knows what he does. I mention him and what he's said MANY time in the past so people are aware of what he is. He's a hit and run troll. I want to make sure TR readers know he actually has said on multiple occasions my dad and mom were gang raped and enjoyed it. If he simply trolled me personally, I would let it slide. He didn't. He went and goes WAY beyond that.

    As for hate, what 'hate'?

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 3, 2013 5:23:35 PM

  24. I agree that CBS' sloppy wording makes the story confusing.
    If "he" (sic) identifies as female and dates females then SHE is a gay transWOMAN.
    If "he" was born with a vagina but identifies as male and dates females, then he is a straight transMAN.
    But a trans MAN's sister would probably not be celebrating that he still looks like a woman unless she were unaccepting and unsympathetic to trans people.

    Posted by: GregV | Jun 3, 2013 5:34:18 PM

  25. Look, for many of us Gay and Transgender are not always separate. Many Transwomen and Transmen call themselves Gay. For instance, google "B. Scott" (a youtube personality). He is very beautiful, wears make-up, and could easily pass for a woman. BUT HE IS GAY AND HE LIKES MEN!!!!
    So he is Gay and Transgender.

    Oh, what the hell.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jun 3, 2013 5:44:16 PM

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