Gay Men Attacked in “Liberal” Austin, TX as Crowd of 20 Onlookers Do Nothing

Monday, December 27, 2010


So much for the enduring myth that the city of Austin is a “liberal island” in the red state of Texas.

In what was at least the third anti-gay hate crime in Austin this year, including one high-profile case this past February involving two gay male softball players who were attacked near city hall, a 26-year-old gay man says he and a friend were the latest victims of a violent hate crime outside gay bars on 4th Street in downtown Austin early Sunday morning.

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, “Fucking faggots, stop that queer shit!”

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.

“I’ve never in my life been in any kind of violent situation, especially a hate crime, so it’s been pretty traumatic,” Beltran said. “Austin is supposed to be a gay haven, especially on 4th Street. What scares me even more is that nobody even helped.”

The attack lasted for about three minutes and was witnessed by at least 20 people, but none of them tried to help.

I have argued for years that Austin’s liberal bona fides is grossly overrated and it looks like I stand correct.

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21 Responses to Gay Men Attacked in “Liberal” Austin, TX as Crowd of 20 Onlookers Do Nothing

  1. Greg Equality Lengkong says:

    I was going to ask, where are the cops? But then I remembered, this is Texas and in Texas, if you’re gay, lesbian, black, Hispanic or trans, you’re on your own, baby.

    Even in Austin.

  2. Silver Haired Granny says:

    Thank you for posting this.

    In the area of downtown Austin where the few gay clubs are located, 2010 was one of the most violent in the last 25 years. Antigay attacks occur nearly every Saturday night and the local media and the police just ignore how bad the problem has become.

    I have short, silver hair and I have been called “dyke” by young men in the area driving past in pick up trucks and I’m straight and married to the same man for 48 years!

    If the police don’t get off their asses, someone is going to get killed.

  3. Estacada says:

    I’ve said it for years. Members of the gay community who live in place like Texas and know their lives are at risk if they dare to venture out of their homes, need to pack a firearm.

    I’m no gun nut and I think the Second Amendment was misinterpreted by the US Supreme Court but, I believe you have every right to protect your person from assault by any and all criminal element and this includes the right to sink a bullet in the head of a homophobic gang or individual out to cause you bodily harm.

  4. Randy Arroyo says:

    Austin, TX, liberal? Surely you jest. Google “Officer Rodriguez Austin” to see just how liberal the state capital city is. People who reside there love to think they’re living in Berkeley, CA or Tacoma Park, MD. It’s rather funny.

  5. Estacada,

    I have to agree. If they want wild west justice, then I say, bring it on motherfuckers.

  6. Adirondacky says:

    No city or town in Texas is liberal. As you say, it’s a myth. Some point to El Paso because it went for Obama. But El Paso just terminated domestic partner benefits for gay city employees. Others cite Austin as a liberal city but in fact, Austin rescinded its domestic partner benefits over a decade ago. Texas is a red state — period, and those who mistake it for anything else are just wrong.

  7. R.J. says:

    I’m so glad I live in California, but even here it’s not safe. If I ever go clubbin’ in Texas I’m packing heat.

  8. MJ says:

    Just like with the last Austin attack : African-Americans just don’t like gays. We have to stop being p.c. and admit it.

  9. Pechanga says:

    It gets worse. Media reported picked up by the blogs say the Austin police looked the other way too. They can’t be bothered to even investigate the men who carried out the attack on the gay guys leaving the club.

    Austin is liberal? Sure. That’s akin to saying Tehran is liberal.

    The entire state of Texas needed to be flushed into the oil-drenched Gulf of Mexico where it belongs.

  10. DMason says:

    I thought Texas was going to secede? Now, it’s South Carolina whining about leaving the Union. Maybe both of them can go? I don’t think either state will be missed if they go. I loathe them both.

  11. austin is liberal when you compare it to places like abilene or odessa or fort worth or amarillo – but then again stalin was a nice guy compared to hitler.

    there is NOTHING liberal or redeeming about texas – the best thing that could happen is closet case Perry actually take Texas out of the Union.

  12. Jolly Roger says:

    I agree with distributorcap-PLEASE, just fucking secede already.

  13. fran says:

    Hard to believe in the 21st century.
    20 silent witnesses.
    Good thing they were around or this could have easily turned from horrible to fatal. I hope they change their minds about being silent.

    I wondered if Texas has Hate Crime laws & came across this tidbit
    Dated 5/12/2001

    Two years ago, a bill similar to today’s passed the House but died in the Senate after critics complained that it created unnecessary distinctions for gays. Mr. Bush refused to support the measure, and Democrats later criticized him for that in the White House campaign.

    Austin, Texas — After refusing for months to say where he stood, Gov. Rick Perry of Texas signed a hate crimes bill today that strengthens the penalties for offenses against minorities, gays and others.

    Then this Nov 2010 story– they have a hate crime bill, but rarely use it.

    http://www.kxan.com/dpp/news/local/texas-hate-crime-law-is-rarely-used

    Damned shame!

  14. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    I’m no Second Amendment lunatic but if a bullet in the brain of a basher is the only way to end the violence against gay men in Texas, then I say go ahead and pack heat.

    It’s a shame things have reached this point but no one is going to harm me.

  15. Spam Mask,

    Then you won’t mind if I push you to the curb and give you a swift kick.

    Now run along and fellate your blow up doll of TX Gov. Rick Perry.

  16. feminazi says:

    I echo the comments here. To call any city in Texas “liberal” is about as nutty as saying Bush won the 2000 election far and square. To think 20 people stood by while this attack took place and did nothing says something fairly awful about humanity, doesn’t it?

  17. Rachel says:

    This sort of abuse really riles me. I visited Austin a few years ago and I never found it to be particularly liberal. In fact, I saw more faded ‘Bush/Cheney 2004’ bumperstickers than anyplace I’ve been in the USA.

  18. libhomo says:

    Liberal, by Texas standards, means they have their Klan rallies only once a month.

    As for all the gun talk, every study of gun ownership has shown that owning a gun does more to endanger people than to protect them. It’s all marketing hype from the NRA terrorists and the death merchants who sell guns.

  19. Molly says:

    Liberal is a relative term scaled differently in different parts of the country. Is Austin liberal compared to areas in Cali? Hell no! Portland? Certainly not. But, when you compare it to places like Michigan, indiana, etc. etc. it is very liberal. I lived in west Michigan and it could only dream of being as liberal as Austin. Ive even been to areas of Canada that were horrible in terms of saftey for the Lbgt commnity. My best friend who is a gay male lives in Chicago and has been physically assulted once and emotionally assulted more times than he can count. Austin prides its self on individuality……….but unfortunatly the lgbt community’s saftey is still an issue as much in Austin as it is nationally or even globally.

  20. Kaleb says:

    Don’t blame austin, blame its surroundings, we people of austin try our darnest to push back the conservatives, but every now and then you see people come through waving confederate flags on their cars and crap like that. It really is a liberal bastion, and one of the only habitable places in all of Texas.

  21. libtard says:

    Racism exists all around the U.S. Texas isn’t any more racist than the northeast. You libs are just better at hiding your racism.

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