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Austin men attacked after leaving gay bar

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
KXAN-TV

Beltran (left) and Ortega

AUSTIN, Texas — Two men say they were attacked after leaving a gay night club in downtown Austin on Christmas night, by five men who jumped from a vehicle yelling anti-gay slurs.

Bobby Beltran and Christopher Ortega say the men got out of the car and for the next 5 to 10 minutes, the men took turns kicking and punching the both of them.

Via the Dallas Voice:

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.

Beltran said he and Ortega tried to fight the attackers off, and that none of the 20 to 30 witnesses stopped to help.

The attack stopped after a friend yelled the cops were coming. When they did show up, they didn’t have much to say, according to the two men. [KXAN-TV]

“The response was, ‘Sorry guys. We’ll give you a report number. We’ll never catch these guys,’ ” Ortega said.

This is at least the second time this year two gay men have been beat up after leaving a gay bar on Austin’s 4th Street. The previous attack occured last February just down the street near City Hall. So far, no arrests have been made.

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24 more reader comments:

  1. :(

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 1:28pm
  2. People can be so ignorant

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 1:30pm
  3. Not cool at all… :C

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 1:31pm
  4. Hope those bastards get what they deserve for hurting innocent men. >:-(

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 1:32pm
  5. That’s so horrible! :(

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 1:32pm
  6. That’s so sad. People really need to open up theie eyes and see what they’re doing, because it honestly makes me sick.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 1:33pm
  7. D:< Whats wrong with people!!!!!! D:<

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 1:38pm
  8. not cool man just sick

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 1:40pm
  9. What makes this even worse is that no one tried to help!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 1:46pm
  10. ja its lyk we r living 2 b punching bags,wen we r born lyk evry1 else

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 1:49pm
  11. =[

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 2:05pm
  12. Fooked up..hate shit like this..we don’t go around yelling bigot slurs and beating up straight people when they leave the bar!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 2:12pm
  13. It never stops and anti-gay violence is still going full blast and needs to be front and center over some of the other issues IMO.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 2:14pm
  14. What the hell??????? Is this 1955?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 2:14pm
  15. Can’t they carry gunz n Texas if so get one next time shoot them foolz n the knee caps

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 2:30pm
  16. how angry and hurtful does one have to be to do something like this on christmas no less … lets hope karma kicks in …

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 3:12pm
  17. It’s so unfortunate that a few ignorant and hateful people can invoke fear in an entire community. Props to the victims for not yelling slurs back.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 3:16pm
  18. No one even bothered to note down the license plate or take a picture with their phones or film it??

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 3:17pm
  19. I guess they figured they would go out on a night of “gay-bashing” to prove how straight (and proudly ignorant) they were. Dumbasses!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 3:47pm
  20. That’s just disturbing or rather sickening to know that there were witnesses seeing this happen and yet none of them didn’t do a god damn thing to help them. Fucking cowards, who just stood by and let it happen. They’re act of unkindness will haunt them. Those two guys didn’t deserve to get attacked those 5 men. Hopefully karma bites the group men in the ass and give them what they deserve, because the two men deserve justice.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 7:20pm
  21. The 20 to 30 witnesses who stopped to watch and do nothing are the most shameful part of this story.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at 11:22pm
  22. raven is right!! that’s scary as hell, no one did a fucking thing?! people are pussys. I hope the guy who attacked them gets his fucking ass kicked!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 9:48am
  23. Why do homophobes even bother joining this page?

    Posted on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at 4:13pm
  24. This story never even was mentioned int eh local paper, the Austin American-Statesman.

    Posted on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at 2:18pm