Navy veteran and LGBT activist Jose Rodriguez was assaulted in the early hours of today in San Antonio, Texas. Rodriguez was, according to the information we currently have, taken to the middle of nowhere when one of the assailants punched him in the face.
When one of the alleged assailants attempted to attack Rodriguez with a knife, he managed to dodge the blade before he took off running to the nearest gas station where he was able to call the police. The police officers who responded to the assault recognized him. In a statement posted on his Facebook page, he called the police officers ‘amazing’.
The officer questioned Rodriguez about the crime, and even discussing some LGBT issues with him. The police officer called the assault a hate crime, but the report apparently reads assault with terrorist threats made. The report is currently inaccessible online thanks to the entire San Antonio government’s website being offline, possibly in connection with the ongoing Eliza Chan scandal.
In 2010, Jose Rodriguez, a Texas native, was drugged, assaulted and raped while at a club in California. At the time, he was serving in the Navy. His medical information was leaked and he was eventually discharged from the military under Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell despite never having been asked about his sexuality and certainly not telling anyone.
Following the assault and discharge, Rodriguez went on to become an activist working to end DADT.
Texas has had some high profile LGBT incidents in recent years, including the murder and attempted murder of a lesbian couple in 2012.
More details to follow.