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Thousands march in Austin, TX against hate

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Thousands took to the streets in Austin, Texas over the weekend in support of two gay men brutally beaten after leaving a popular gay night club. Jarrod Allen has more from Austin.

Saturday’s crowd in downtown Austin was massive. They marched against hate and rallied at the plaza in front of Austin city hall for the two men who, one week before, had gone out to celebrate the start of the season for their gay softball team, the Shady Ladies.

Announcer: “Matt Morgan and Emmanuel Winston”

Both were attacked from behind at the entrance to Austin City Hall’s parking garage by four guys. It has shocked this city, which prides itself on diversity and tolerance. Emmanuel Winston says he had not yet told most of his family, friends and co-workers he’s gay.

Winston: “When I was left outside of city hall, my Shady Ladies jersey splashed red with my blood, I wondered then how the night would have been different if I could change being a gay man.”

Their coach, Jeff Butler, reminded everyone just how serious the attack really was.

Butler: “Instead of attending this rally today, we could have very easily been attending one of or both of their funerals”

Austin’s first openly-gay city council member, Randi Shade, denounced the February 21st attack.

Shade: “This is everybody’s Austin and when anyone is assaulted, it creates fear that is unwarranted and is absolutely unacceptable”

Austin’s police chief has renewed his calls for cameras in public places to deter these kinds of crimes and speed up investigations.

–Jarrod Allen in Austin

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Written by OutQ News staff

March 1, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Posted in Crime

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