Transphobic and Homophobic attack in Broadripple.
Attack in Broadripple
I was informed last night that someone was attacked in Broadripple, Indiana. This was no normal attack; this was one stemming from homophobia and transphobia. This shit is just not acceptable. I am going to relay all of the details of the event I have at this time.
The victim is a twenty something transgender man and was presenting that night. This all took place around 10pm on January 10th 2013 at the Wild Beaver Saloon
723 Broad Ripple Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46220
The victim first encountered his attackers while going to the bathroom, the women’s restroom in particular, at the same time a group of “guys” were coming out of the men’s bathroom and decided to question the victims choice of bathroom. Asking if he was using the wrong restroom, at which time the victim decided to respond that he “had a vagina” and proceeded to continue on his way. Not too long after that little run-in he decided to leave the bar. On the way out to his car in the parking lot behind the bar he was confronted by the same group of “guys” at which time they decided to attack him. He was shoved from behind causing him to stumble when another one of the attackers grabbed his arm and swung him around just to be able to punch him in the stomach. After the initial shove the attackers started calling him a “fucking faggot” and yelling other hate speech. Then they left.
There were no witnesses to this event, no way to confirm who these bastards are… But every time something like this happens … it needs to be documented. There are lessons to learn from this as well.
Don’t go out alone, especially to places that serve alcohol, because this happens way too often at bars and clubs.
Arm yourself; carry some sort of weapon that you know how to use. This is very important because you are usually going to be confronted by more than one person and as a pre-T shots trans man or estrogen infused trans woman … you are not exactly in fighting condition are you?
Do not let something escalate like this. If you are being accosted in a way that could be described as transphobic or homophobic … make sure to take action. Photograph or record the people doing it or call for back up of some sort. Don’t just brush it off because you can never know if these people are going to take things further.
Always have a friend or two you can call for backup. I will be letting this individual involved with the above incident know that he can call me at any time of the day and I will come to him if need be, firearm and all. Never go out to a bar scene without letting people know where you are… there is still so much hate in this world for the LGBTQ community, no matter how much we don’t want that to be true… sometimes it can seem lessened and we get comfortable … it’s not time for that yet… we have to stay on guard for a time bit longer.
One more note from the victim. He would really like to see the Wild Beaver Saloon put in some lighting back by the bathroom so it’s not pitch black. It there was proper lighting, the attackers would be a lot easier to identify.