This would be a national story if it involved conservatives. But since it’s black hoodlums beating on lesbians you won’t hear much about it.
The mob beating of a lesbian couple in the Austin neighborhood, which police are calling a hate crime, has gay rights groups calling for greater attention to what they say are routine acts of violence and discrimination against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
“We see cases like this all the time, all over the city and all over the state,” said Rick Garcia, policy director at The Civil Rights Agenda. “It shows that animosity toward lesbian and gay people is just below the surface. We think we’ve made such big gains, but right below the surface we see this animosity and violence.”
The women were beaten Saturday, clutching each other as they were pinned against a car by about 10 men who taunted them for being gay and took turns punching and kicking them on the dark street, one of the victims said.
The same thing has been happening in New York City, where the perps are mostly Hispanics. But since the criminals and victims are both Democrats mascots there’s a deafening silence.
“It was punches, kicks, everything being thrown at us,” said the woman, who is 23. “We just held each other until somebody said, ‘Here come the police.'”
Police have labeled the attack a hate crime, and one man has been charged. Other suspects in the attack are being sought.
A study by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found 2,016 reports of violence in 2012 against LGBT people and people affected by HIV. The report also found that LGBT people of minority races are nearly twice as likely to be victims of violence as their white counterparts.
According to the most recent Chicago Police Department data, there were 18 hate crimes based on sexual orientation in the city in 2011 and 14 the previous year.
The Austin attack occurred late Saturday as the women walked down North Leclaire Avenue on the West Side.
The 23-year-old woman described the violent encounter:
The couple passed a man they knew from the neighborhood who was standing with a group of other men. The men, commenting on the 23-year-old’s masculine dress, shouted anti-gay slurs, calling her “dyke” and “bitch.”
The woman’s girlfriend, who is 25, told the men to stop, but they continued.
Later, the women were walking in the same area and the man the couple knew followed them. He again shouted slurs, daring the 23-year-old woman to fight. “Tell your bitch to stop looking at me,” the man told the woman’s girlfriend, whom he knew from high school.
They probably get their talking points from well-connected rappers.