Alex Blaze

LGBT Pride organizer attacked in San Diego

Filed By Alex Blaze | June 09, 2009 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: hate crimes against LGBT people, homophobic people, LGBT, organizer, pride, rainbow flag, rex wockner, san diego

Didn't this guy get the memo? It's gays who intimidate and use violence to make their point, not the other way around. Duh.

I was waiting for the Equality Torch Relay to come by Main and Broadway and standing in front of the famous overly life-size lemon (statue), and with a rainbow flag big as day ... and someone decided to remove me from Lemon Grove.

He started whaling on me and tried to take the flag away and made it very clear he didn't think I should be there: "Get out of here. What do you think you're doing? You need to get the f--- out of here. Get that out of here. There's no place for you here."

All the while, he was grabbing at the rainbow flag and trying to take it away from me. And he was kicking me and slapping. He hit me good a couple of times. ... I got the side of his fist the first time he hit me, then I think he got my lower jaw on another time. He kicked me a few times. I wasn't bleeding or anything. It certainly hurt. I certainly had soreness as the day went on, and this morning when I woke up, I realized my upper lip was swollen and the inside of my cheek was cut up.

Imagine if it were the other way around, if the guy attacked had organized a rally against same-sex marriage in San Diego and the attacker were gay. Something tells me we wouldn't be heard over the amount of scolding directed our way.

But a homophobe beating up a gay activist? Well, that sort of violence is just natural.


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I could recommend that people learn to physically defend themselves. It shouldn't happen but it does.
There is a reason why I have never been bashed and no person with me has ever been bashed. I have never had trouble defending myself and when people have tried to hit me, simply put, I won.
There are programs designed specifically for LGBT people which are welcoming and supportive and more than train people how to fight or defend themselves they teach people that they deserve to be safe and give them confidence that they can be safe.

Rick Sours | June 10, 2009 8:02 AM

Members of the LGBT community are still second class citizens. Everyone should be treated with dignity and respect. Saddly, when LBGT individuals do not stay in their place or expression their opinions others have problems with us. Like was
said what if the situation was reversed and the
attacker was someone who was Gay.