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Witnesses Stand by as Gay Men are Attacked in Downtown Austin, TX

The Dallas Voice reports that a local activist and his friend were attacked early Sunday morning in downtown Austin, Texas:

Bobby Beltran said he and his friend had just left Rain, a gay bar, at about 1:30 a.m. When they hugged each other goodbye on the sidewalk, some men in a passing vehicle yelled, “F**king faggots, stop that queer shit!”

Beltran After Beltran yelled at the men to “get out of here,” all five of them jumped out of the vehicle and attacked him and his friend. Beltran said he fought back but suffered cuts and bruises and a black eye. His friend may have suffered a broken jaw. The attackers quickly jumped back in the vehicle, which was parked in the middle of the street, and drove off.

The attack against Beltran was the third anti-gay attack reported in Austin this year, according to the paper, but what upset Beltran as much as the attack was the fact that many witnesses were reluctant to help:

He said the attack lasted for about three minutes and was witnessed by at least 20 people, but none of them tried to help. Beltran said he yelled out the license plate of the vehicle as he ran after the attackers, but no one wrote it down and he doesn’t remember it.

“It was the most unsafe I’ve ever felt in my entire life, knowing that not even my community stood up,” Beltran said. “I’m so afraid to go back down there.”

Watch: 1,000 March Against Anti-Gay Hate Crime in Austin, Texas

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Austin's KVUE reports that nearly 1,000 people joined the "Austin March Against Hate" yesterday in response to the hate crime committed against two gay softball players last week.

The Statesman addsAustinattack  

"Trailing a banner that read 'Austin March Against Hate,' hundreds of people walked from a downtown gay bar to City Hall on Saturday to retrace the path of two gay men who were attacked last weekend. 'Ignorance is not the way. Fear is not the answer. Love will conquer hate,' one of the victims, Emmanuel Winston, told the crowd. 'Hate will not be tolerated, and we will not be silenced.' ... Police Chief Art Acevedo attended the rally Saturday and said police were still investigating the attack and that it will be up to prosecutors to decide whether there is enough evidence to charge the suspects with a hate crime. He asked the marchers and City Council members present at the rally to push for high-resolution video cameras downtown, saying that video of the four suspects (inset) captured on a City Hall camera was grainy. Police released that video Friday . No arrests have been made."

Watch KVUE's report on the march and the surveillance video of the attackers,

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Austin, TX Officials Express Concern About Anti-Gay Hate Crime


Members of Austin City Council and Equality Texas held a press conference yesterday to express concern about the recent hate crime targeting two gay softball players there, which I posted about earlier this week.

The Statesman reports: Council Members Randi Shade and Laura Morrison said that although they are confident police are dedicating the necessary resources to investigate the matter, hate crime remains a real and alarming concern. 'I have every reason to believe our Police Department will pursue this,' Shade said."

Watch KVUE's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

Police are still looking for the four men responsible for the attack.

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Two Men in Austin, Texas Targeted in Anti-Gay Hate Crime


Two gay men in Austin, Texas suspect they were targeted in an anti-gay assault because they were wearing the jerseys of their all-gay softball team:

"Matt Morgan and Emmanuel Winston say they've filed a complaint with A-P-D after a group of men beat them down, yelling slurs, late Friday night They were walking near Austin City Hall. 'I'm not gonna go through this and action be taken. This is a walk that I've made, that probably everyone on this field has made numerous times and felt safe,' said victim Matthew Morgan. Morgan hit a home run during game one of Sunday's Softball Austin doubleheader....Both men say their attackers seemed surprised that the softball players fought back. 'We want people to know that its not ok to do this and we're taking a stand because we don't want people to live in fear,' said victim Emmanuel Winston."

Watch KXAN's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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News: Tyra Banks, Seattle, Bee Gees, HPV, Jim Verraros, Austin

RoadMinnesota Congressman Tim Walz called "f*cking faggot" on conference call: "The Mankato Democrat wasn't on the line to hear the anti-gay slur; in fact, he ran about five minutes late to his own availability, following a trip to Afghanistan. Before Walz came on the line, someone said, "Come on Walz, you f---ing faggot," according to his staff and two reporters who were on the call.

Cattrall RoadSamantha Jones collides with Dee Snider.

RoadBirther to rebut Obama's health care speech tonight.

RoadDavid Beckham visits Ellen Degeneres, shows off his Ellen undies - video.

RoadCNN: Gay Latino Americans "coming of age".

RoadMore than two dozen men arrested in undercover sex stings in Seattle park: "Over five days, investigators have arrested 28 men. Three arrests were made Thursday. Those arrested live in Pierce, King and Thurston counties, Troyer said. The activity is taking place during all hours of the day. 'If we had the manpower, we could have arrested 100,' Troyer said. 'They have created their own trails off the main trail.' Investigators have taken the names of others found in the woods." Savage: How is this not entrapment?

RoadLady Gaga rumored to appear at OUT magazine fashion week party.

RoadGay men continue to account for most new cases of HIV in Australia.

Caster RoadSouth African runner at center of gender debate gets femme makeover.

RoadAustin Gay and Lesbian International Film Festival kicks off: "This year we received about 400 films in the mail that we had to go through and determine what we were actually going to show. We accepted only 100, so it's very interesting to see what themes come up every year, for example this year we've got a lot of lesbian-themed interest films, whereas normally we only get about 25 percent, this year was closer to 50."

RoadSpirits having flown: Brothers Robin and Barry Gibb to reunite for first time since Maurice's death.

Road6,000 attend 20th anniversary of Pride in Calgary, Canada.

RoadGay couple adopts in Bakersfield.

Thiago RoadImages from the 2009 Mr. Gay Brazil Contest. And the winner is...Thiago Silvestre.

RoadFDA weighs approving HPV vaccine for men: "We're supportive in general of giving vaccines to boys for a number of reasons. Clinical trials have shown it's pretty effective -- 90 percent effective in preventing genital lesions [in boys]. Trials in a subset of gay men also found the vaccine to be effective in preventing external lesions, so the signs are pretty clear that it works in guys."

Verraros RoadJim Verraros and hubby Bill Brennan wedding photos.

RoadAfterElton talks to Glee's Matthew Morrison: "I think from my Broadway days and now doing this show, some people are calling this the gayest show on TV — it's gayer than Ellen Degeneres. Yeah, I definitely have a ton of gay fans, which I'm happy with."

RoadMika buys drinks for hundreds of his Twitter followers.

RoadTyra Banks reveals her real hair in season opener.

RoadKevin Smith's next film may be inspired by Westboro Baptist Church leader Fred Phelps: "It's certainly not Phelps himself but it's very much inspired by a Phelps figure. And to me, too, the notion of using a Phelps-like character as a villain, as horrifying and scary as that guy can be, there's even something more insidious than him that lurks out there in as much as a public or a government that allows it and that's the other thing that I'm trying to examine in a big, big way."

Sacha Baron Cohen's Bruno Previews at Austin's SXSW

It's being reported that Bruno, which follows Baron Cohen's gay Austrian news reporter in his travels in America, is on par with Borat in terms of its outrageousness. Twenty minutes of footage were played in two screenings to several hundred people at Austin's SXSW festival over the weekend, according to The Hollywood Reporter:

Bruno "Sacha Baron Cohen was not there...though he did appear on screen over the course of the footage several times, as himself, to introduce the skits and caution these were extended bits that would be condensed for the final film...The first involved Bruno telling eager parents he was doing a baby photo shoot, and would they be willing to do outlandish things, like drop their baby several stories, in order to be in the shoot? (Of course many were.) A second segment also involved a baby shoot, and Bruno asking parents if their baby could lose some weight or even go through liposuction because he's too fat. in a third, he hosts a mixed-martial arts competition, which seems to be going well until he begins making out with another man, earning the boos of the crowd."

Austin 360 reports: When the baby thing doesn’t turn out as Bruno had hoped, he morphs into another person, Straight Dave, the host of a TV wrestling show called Man-Slamming Maxout. But it seems as though Straight Dave still has a few latent urges lingering below. Let’s just say that the Straight Dave fans are in for a disappointment. It’s not clear whether Cohen has really continued to find clueless audiences who will fall for his antics. But it appears that he has. The movie is bound to stir up just as much controversy as Borat. And that’s the point."

Bruno, which follow's Baron Cohen's gay Austrian news reporter character, has been making headlines around the country all year because of the filmmaker's stealth approach to shooting. In addition to staging a gay orgy, Baron Cohen crashed fashion shows earlier this year in Paris and Milan, caused havoc at a cage fighting event in Arkansas, go-go danced in the middle of a Wichita airport terminal, and duped Ben Affleck as well as a former Israeli spy into doing serious interviews with him, and crashed a "Proposition 8" rally two days before the election where he was photographed and caught on film by another media outlet.

Bruno has a release date of July 10.


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