SouthernVoice reports 2 Gay Bashings in Atlanta

Two anti-gay hate crimes alleged in AtlantaWeekend of violence leaves three injured
By Ryan Lee
Taken from The Southern Voice

The Atlanta Police Department is investigating a pair of weekend incidents where individuals were allegedly attacked for being perceived as gay. Officer Darlene Harris, gay liaison for the Atlanta Police Department, said she is investigating two weekend incidents that were reported as anti-gay hate crimes.

Late Friday night, a white male was pulling into his apartment complex on Cheshire Bridge Road when he asked the drivers of two cars that were blocking his parking space to move, according to a police report filed with APD. After he parked, the man was confronted by one of the drivers, who allegedly yelled, “Faggot, you don’t tell me what to do,” according to the police report.


“He then pushed [the victim] to the pavement and said ‘Get up faggot,’” the police report states. The suspect then fled the scene, leaving the victim with scrapes on both of his hands.

Two African-American men suffered more severe injuries when they were allegedly attacked by six or seven men in Southwest Atlanta early Sunday morning. The two men were robbed, beaten and pistol-whipped, resulting in one of the men’s face being covered with bruises, according to a police report.

The men told WSB-TV that they were attacked because the group of men believed they were a gay couple. None of the victims could be reached immediately, but Southern Voice continues to follow the story and will have a complete report in Friday’s edition.

Link to WSBtv.com story



8 comments:

colinnyc said...

this is quite a sad story man.

Anonymous said...

every day there seems to be more and more stories about gay bashings... are there more happening or just more coverage of them?

ReddMann said...

amazes me how people feel it is ok to committ an act of voiolence just because you don't like or agree with that person or who they are.

it is sad the tolerence that was taught during the civil rights movement was not taught to our generation

twinston1911 said...

there are alot of angry, sad and depressed people in the world i think thats why we are seeing so much violence now more than ever
i still can't believe people are still gay bashing. i need to get a blade so i can cut a ho

WiseYoungMan said...

That's why I stay with my razor blade in the left side of my mouth (yes i'm hood I know), but seriously. This should really serve as a wake up call that this happenning in ATL, the beatings in NYC, and probably something unreported in DC that even in the so called gay meccas we are only tolerated but a certain degree..

ProfessorGQ said...

wow...sad and sickening person...most importantly, a gay area or city doesn't guarantee a gay person's safety. my heart goes out to those victims

Anonymous said...

i agree we must teach tolerance to our kids, regardless of our beliefs!!

Trent Jackson said...

I see I am going to have to make my apperance in ATL brief and straight to the point...

not to mention strapped...