Gay people have been tripping in Palm Springs since the beginning of time. They’ve been around for so long, in fact, that some gay men may think all the men there do dudes. So, what happens when they’re wrong?
A little thing coppers are calling a “reverse” hate crime.
Palm Springs police say two gay men assaulted a 68-year old man after he rebuffed their advances. Sgt. Mitch Spike tells ABC affiliate KESQ:
When two Hispanic men who were in a sedan or some type of car propositioned him and asked if he were gay and if he would like to go home with them, he expressed no interest in doing that and turned away. He then felt something hit him and he then lost consciousness.
It definitely sounds like a hate crime because anyone who doesn’t even know the gay scene, knows this is predominately a gay neighborhood.
Spike goes on to describe the assault as hate crime: the assailants allegedly beat the unidentified man because he’s straight.
If the men are caught and tried for a hate crime, what does that mean for the Family Research Council’s claim that hate crime laws give queers “special protections”.
Also, can something really be a “reverse” hate crime? Can coppers really distinguish between “straight hate” and “gay hate”? It’s all hate to us…