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Straight Marine Becomes Victim Of Anti-Gay Hate Crime For Defending Gay Friends (Video)

by David Badash on October 31, 2013

in News

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A 22-year old straight Marine became the victim of an anti-gay hate crime when he defended his two friends, who are gay, and got punched and bloodied by their attackers. Ryan Langenegger and his friends were at a downtown Omaha restaurant when one man came over and made “derogatory statements, the Omaha World-Herald reports.

Langenegger and his friends, Joshua Foo, 29, and Jacob Gellinger, 25, had been at a local drag show and then went to the PepperJax Grill in the historic Old Market district. They decided to take the high road and leave. But as they did, three men followed them and that’s when the trouble really started.

The men blocked their path. The same man who had approached their table kept repeating, “Should I?”

Langenegger didn’t know what he meant.

He and Foo recalled Gellinger saying, “I know I am a boy in a dress.”

The man replied, “Yeah, and you’re (expletive) disgusting,” Langenegger recounted.

Langenegger told the man he and his friends didn’t want any trouble and just wanted to go home.

Then someone punched Langenegger in the face, resulting in a gash on his forehead, a bruised eye, bloody nose and two chipped teeth.

Langenegger said he looked up and said, “Why? Why would you do this?” and repeated that he wasn’t going to fight.

The police were called and they are now investigating the incident as a hate crime. The suspects shouldn’t be too hard to find. There is security camera footage and credit card receipts the police can use to track them down and charge them.

Watch this report from WOWT:

Image: Screenshot via WOWT video

Hat tip: The Advocate

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Brian Stroup October 31, 2013 at 7:48 pm

We're talking about Omaha, Nebraska? Fat chance any pig cop there is going to bother investigating this.

(On a positive note: all of these guys have really cool names!)

isafakir October 31, 2013 at 11:04 pm

sick perverts god bless the marines

ljowen October 31, 2013 at 11:49 pm

"straight privilege" means being recounted as a hero for getting punched along with your gay friends, who are pretty much ignored in the article, despite that they are the actual target of the hate.

w2ed November 1, 2013 at 4:34 am

In this case, he deserves to be recounted as a hero, regardless of his orientation – the article only says that the marine was physically attacked, while the rest was verbal abuse. (In another article I searched – link below – they said the attackers walked away after knocking the Marine down.)

People often forget that they need support from those who look like or represent the opposition, such as the Marine here. Change to a problem comes from actions like this. (Although,personally, I wish the soldier would have knocked the three jack-offs senseless!)

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