Monday, November 30, 2009

Three gay men beaten outside of a St. Louis bar while attackers yelled "faggot."

Attack victims believe they were targeted for being gay | ksdk.com | St. Louis, MO:
"KSDK-- St. Louis Police are investigating an attack early Saturday outside a nightclub on Chouteau Avenue. And while police say it's too soon to tell whether this will be categorized as a hate crime, the victims believe they were targeted because they're gay.

Jacob Piwowarczyk says, 'I have a soft tissue bruise on my elbow. I have six stitches in my eye and I have a mild concussion.'

These are the physical reminders, of a night Piwowarczyk won't soon forget. He and two friends were leaving the Complex Nightclub when it happened.

Piwowarczyk says, 'They came up out of the car and they start calling us f*^%#.'"

A few tips to all of my queer friends. Never walk alone at night. Always avoid poorly lit, dim areas. Try to go in big groups. Stay as sober as you can be so you can run away when you need to.

Finally NEVER EVER let them scare you so much that you stop living your life. You want to go dance at the gay bar--YOU GO DO IT. Don't let them try to terrorize you into not. But be smart about it. Its your right to go and feel safe, but there are proactive things you can do to make yourself safer. Stay aware of your surroundings and responsible for yourself. Never capitulate to terrorism, though.

I really hope these guys are ok. If you know how to reach out to them, I'd really like to see how they are.

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