Christmas Celebration ends in Gay Bashing

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.


About Michael Diviesti

I'm a brother, a son, an uncle, a musician, a software engineer and hopefully soon the law will allow me to be a husband!
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14 Responses to Christmas Celebration ends in Gay Bashing

  1. Cliff McSparran says:

    I predict the attackers learned that hatred in a Missionary Baptist Church at the feet of some Bishop-Eddie-Long-wanna-be.

  2. Fletch says:

    I talked to Bobby about this and he said TONS of gay onlookers just watched as he and his friend were beaten. How do we expect attacks like this to stop when we as a community can’t even help during, OR come forward after such a brutal attack on two of our own. Who cares “where they learned it” or whatever, we HAVE GOT to show the world that this isn’t okay, won’t be tolerated, and won’t just be cast aside like the APD might have it. Chief Acevado’s assertion that “hate crimes are so hard to prove” is bullshit when they yell out faggot while they beat the shit out of our friends.

    • Fletch, I agree with you completely!
      I’m flabbergasted with the lack of action within the LGBT community here in Austin. Maybe we take for granted that we are a haven in the sea of red that is TX.

      I hope those who saw this happen do come forward. From what Bobby says, there are at least 20 people that were standing there just watching. 20?

      Not 1 person stood up to help?

      We have got to learn to stand up for ourselves.

  3. Robert Mooney says:

    The most important lesson Stonewall taught us is that until we stand up for ourselves against the assholes who find us an easy target, we will continue to be an easy target. Don’t stand by and watch while someone else gets bashed. Get in there and give the fuckers all you’ve got because tomorrow that one being bashed could be you.

  4. jack says:

    Wow. I lived in austin for 14 years, and was always grateful for the open environment. I guess that little island of tolerance in the sea of red counties needs to be defended. Even here in SF, there is a fantastic community based safety patrol. Maybe tolerant austin needs something similar: Good luck.

  5. Sad news. Unfortunately, the bystander effect is common, and there’s no easy solution to it. If you jump in to save a stranger, there’s no guarantee that the same poeple who are watching five people beat up one person are going to react any differently to five people beating up two people. Violence is a tough thing to solve, and I’m just glad Bobby is alive.

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  7. That *sucks*. It’s such a jolt to have someone we know get hurt because of bigotry and ignorance. If anyone thinks that the push for same sex marriage has been won, they’re wrong–there’s still a lot of work to do for education, awareness, and acceptance.

  8. guiseeves says:

    I know Texas is so RED i would know I live in Houston, but isn’t Austin a self-proclaimed liberal city. It’s just so frustrating that crap like this happens and its like who do we point our fingers to! We can’t necessarily blame the onlookers, because it’s the bystander effect, everyone expects others to help. This shi* is just getting old!!

  9. guiseeves says:

    I mean the gay-bashing is getting old!!

  10. i cant believe this bullshit. it makes me super angry. the queer community needs to be more militant and active. i think it’s time to revive ACT UP, Pink Panthers, or some other form of grass roots, radical, queer militant activism. Or people atleast not to arm themselves. these ridiculous homophobic outbursts are rooted in the dark ages, ignorance, and insecurity. where were the bouncers? and why didn’t anyone call the police in a generation of i-phones. what about the police? fucking pathetic.

  11. i meant “need to arm themselves”. RAGE. pure rage.

  12. Lily Langtree says:

    So wrong. I’d much rather read that someone in the crowd pulled out a gun and shot the attackers.

  13. Marc Freden says:

    You have Kobe Bryant shouting out the word Faggot…then again with the jets guy and David Tyree speaking out against Gay Marriage…and of course you have Tracey Morgan being downright hateful against gays and there are no ramifications. Even the sight of Weiner’s Weiner has brought down a Congressman. Are people that afraid of Gays in this day and age? Well Marc Freden, too, has been given pause with the issue. As a gay man, even he feels the need to apologize for the blatant use of the word “Faggot” in his new book “REALLY!?!” Now Freden using the “F” word should get a tacit pass…much like black people using the “N” word to describe themselves. His harmless use of the word…(And you must read the book to understand) has lead him to a video mea culpa on YouTube “Marc Freden Must Apologize to the Gay Community”. Furthermore, Freden has pledged that if Kobe Bryant can be fined $50,000 then he too should pay a price. A percentage of every book sold as a result of his apology will go to the Trevor Project – a gay hotline for distressed teens looking for a voice of calm and understanding. It is the least he can do. Who will join Freden in this cause?

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