It was an incident that could have ended far worse than it did. A lesbian couple were attacked by ten men in Austin, Chicago, Illinois. The men punched and kicked the couple while verbally assaulting them with homophobic slurs. It was not until someone said that the police were set to arrive that the men fled.
One of the victims told the Chicago Tribune that “It was punches, kicks, everything being thrown at us, we just held each other until somebody said, ‘Here come the police.’ ” The attack occurred nearly a week ago, and so far, only one man has been arrested.
According to the couple, the two women were walking through the Austin neighborhood of Chicago when a man that one of them apparently knew from high school began to assault them with homophobic slurs and began following them. As they continued, more men joined the first one. When one of the two women turned to confront the first man and reason with him, he attacked the two lesbians.
The men also stole the women’s cell phones and cash.
Austin Police have arrested only one of the men- Terry Glover. He has been charged with two counts of felony hate crimes and two counts of felony robbery. He is currently being held in lieu of $1 million in bail.
One of the women stated that she did not think they were going to make it out of the encounter alive.
Rick Garcia of The Civil Rights Agenda stated “We see cases like this all the time, all over the city and all over the state. It shows that animosity toward lesbian and gay people is just below the surface. We think we’ve made such big gains, but right below the surface we see this animosity and violence.”
Austin is part of the larger Chicago area which has seen a major increase in violent crime in recent years. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime.