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Colorado: 300 march in support of lesbian injured in attack

“It was maybe like that 20 or 30 years ago. This is really shocking, and this gives us an opportunity to show support for the victim and the community as a whole. I want to live where I feel safe and be accepted for who I am.”
— Boulder resident Amy Winchester, who marched along with her partner, Marcy Mullet and their children to protest violence against LGBT citizens in their state.

A 21-year-old Naropa University student was assaulted  when she rebuffed advances by two men, telling them that she was a lesbian and not interested in them sexually. One man responded by punching her in the face, and kicking her, severely injuring her in the face. The other man stood by and allegedly asked his friend to stop beating the girl, but otherwise did nothing to halt the attack.

Winchester and Mullet and their children joined more than 300 people Friday in a march to denounce the attack – and show their support for the victim – outside Boulder’s municipal building.

…The demonstrators, carrying signs and sporting rainbow ribbons representing the colors of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, began their march from the Boulder Pride community center in the 2100 block of 14th Street, near the Pearl Street Mall. They proceeded through Central Park and under the Broadway Bridge at Boulder Creek before gathering behind the municipal building.

…Some carried signs reading, “Stop Pretending Boulder is Safe,” “Yes on Domestic Partnerships,” “We’re Here, We’re Queer, We Care,” “Hate is Socially Learned” and “We’re All Children of God.”

“This is not acceptable,” said Blake Weber, Boulder Pride’s new executive director, to the demonstrators, who responded with shouts of approval. “This is not acceptable in Boulder. This is not acceptable in Colorado and this not acceptable in this country.”

From an editorial in the Colorado Daily News:

It’s been suggested that Wednesday’s assault was a hate crime because the victim said she was a lesbian. If that’s true, let’s ask ourselves what beating a lesbian, or any person in any other category, accomplished?

The answer – absolutely nothing. It won’t prevent another woman from loving a woman, nor will it prevent any other type of “deviant” sexual behavior, nor will it enhance ethnic superiority or reverse ethnic inferiority.

And if the beating really wasn’t a hate crime, it was also reported that two men beat up one woman, which really takes balls.

No arrests have been made. The police have released a sketch of the second man, described as a skinny, shaggy-haired blond. The assailant, they say, may go by the name Dominick, and has dark hair and was wearing Mardi Gras beads and a sequined tie.

Hat tip, PageOneQ.

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