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Gay soldiers in Colorado attacked, beaten in possible hate crime

Monday, July 4, 2011

A group, including two gay soldiers from Fort Carson, a United States Army installation located near Colorado Springs, were attacked in a possible hate crime early Saturday morning.

According to police, one suspect took exception to how one of the victims was dressed and started calling him “faggot.” The verbal attack escalated into a physical fight, leaving at least one victim with severe facial fractures.

Watch the report here from KOAA-TV:

Outserve has released this statement:

“We’re concerned that these soldiers may not get the support they need because of the ongoing impact of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” said “JD Smith,” OutServe’s active-duty co-director, who is identified by a pseudonym while “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” is still in effect. “Will they be investigated for reporting the crime? Or for seeking medical help? These soldiers will have to literally lie at work to hide what’s occurred to them.”

“We don’t know the all the details yet, but it does appear that these guys were assaulted because they were believed to be gay. The simple fact is, no one should have to worry about being beaten for who they are, especially not someone who has put their life on the line to defend this country,” said OutServe spokesperson and combat vet Jonathan Hopkins. “We look forward to a full investigation of the facts and, if warranted, prosecution under Hate Crimes legislation.”

The suspects are described by witnesses and victims as 5 black males and 2 black females.

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19 more reader comments:

  1. :(

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 10:55am
  2. I hope karma catches up to those bastards. Because man, it will bite them hard.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 10:56am
  3. Disgusting. There better be a huge punishment for this.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 10:56am
  4. Homophobes are so shallow it’s disgusting.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 10:56am
  5. Great job. America. *headdesk*

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 10:57am
  6. WOW a soldier that fought for his country get beat up because he likes men… Does this make any sense?? A man that the nation said Sir can you go fight for us, he said yes, and when he come home to celebrate 4th of July he gets beaten up :( This country needs to take a hard look at them selfs, “Spread Love Not Hate”

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 11:01am
  7. I know….it just makes no sense. Yeah well, the bigots should get someone else to fight for them!

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 11:22am
  8. How is this POSSIBLY a hate crime? It quite clearly IS.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 11:35am
  9. Bigots don’t deserve to live in America. It’s supposed to be everybody’s land, not for the bigots. They deserve their own place. Idk what it is but they don’t deserve America. -_-

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 11:36am
  10. And who’s the idiot that “liked” this? “Gay soldiers get the crap beaten out of them? That’s awesome! *Like*.”

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 11:36am
  11. Oh big shock there. I’ll be interested to read a more in depth article. I rather doubt that their sexual orientation was flamingly obvious. Its a sad commentary that if a bigot doesnt like someone for whatever reason, they believe that calling them homosexual is some huge insult, whether they are or not. That said, I dont give a rats ass if their hair was dyed in rainbow stripes and they were wearing Jimmy Choo FMPs. They are willing to give up their freedom in defense of mine. And you attack them?! Karma is on the way MFs and its wearing a rainbow tee shirt.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 11:52am
  12. all soldiers deserve respect because they are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for these assholes and others like them to run their mouths and hurt others for being themselves

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:00pm
  13. Says the proud uncle of two Marines, “This will pass eventually. The soldiers deserve our respect because they put their lives on the line for us.”

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:05pm
  14. For everyone. To the two who were beat up the most were trying to stop 4 men from hitting 2 girls. I thank the news for putting this up but they got the number wrong I’m good friends with the victims there were 13 people

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:15pm
  15. I would like to see what kind of balls these guys would have on the front line in the middle East. They wouldn’t last past the first shot without a load in their pants.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 12:53pm
  16. This old, grey Vietnam vet is SICK TO DEATH of this crap.

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 4:38pm
  17. So much for “supporting our troops,” eh?

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 8:15pm
  18. :(

    Posted on Monday, July 4, 2011 at 10:33pm
  19. where was they weapons

    Posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at 9:45am