Austin is known as one of the most gay friendly places, at least as far as TX goes. I know I feel comfortable as an out man here. Unfortunately, there are still hate crimes. I was shocked a few moments ago when I found out that someone that my other half is friends with was beaten by 5 men this morning after winding down his Christmas celebration.
26 year old Bobby Beltran says that he was outside of 219 West 4th street in Austin TX around 2:30 AM on 26 Dec, 2010 when 5 motorists drove by yelling “faggot” at he and friends. Then the 5 men jumped out of their vehicle and took turns beating both he and one of his friends while several people stood and watched.
This is the 3rd gay related attack in Austin this year.
Bobby says he feels lucky to be alive but is mostly shook up and feeling afraid right now.
He says he has filed a police report and has a case number.
As everything happened very quickly and he’s still shook up, the only description of the attackers that he was able to give me was that 3 of the men were African-American, 1 Hispanic and 1 Caucasian.
Hopefully one of those onlookers will come forward with further details.
If you witnessed the attack please call Austin Police Department at (512) 974-5000 or dial 311 and provide any information that you can to help police apprehend the attacker.