Hero alert! After attending a drag show on Sunday night, a straight marine got his face beaten (and not in the fun way) for defending two of his gay friends.
Corporal Ryan Langenegger, 22, was grabbing a late-night bite with two gay guys —one of whom was dressed in drag — when a homophobic meathead approached their table at Pepperjax Bar and Grill in Omaha, Nebraska, and began harassing them.
“We were eating and there was three guys watching us,” Langenegger told WOWT 6 News. “And one of them stepped up and was a foot or two away from my friend and he just kept saying, ‘Should I? Should I?’”
To avoid further conflict, Langenegger and his two friends — Joshua Foo, 29, and Jacob Gellinger, 25 — decided to walk away. But the homophobes pursued them and blocked their exit. According to Langenegger, Gellinger said to the men, “Yes, I know, I’m a boy in a dress,” to which one of the men reportedly responded, “Yes, I know. And you’re (expletive) disgusting.”
At that point, Langenegger verbally tried to diffuse the situation. That’s when he got punched in the face. He suffered a gash on his forehead and two chipped teeth as a result of the blow. (And since this is a serious crime, we will refrain from talking about the fact that Langenegger is gorgeous, even with the scars.)
The group filed a police report, but their attackers already had left by the time the cops arrived. Few other details about the investigation are available at this time.
“It just makes no sense this day and age and in Omaha, for all of this stuff to still be happening and out in the streets,” Langenegger said.
On Saturday, a gay rights group will host a rally in Omaha to call attention to homophobia and hate crimes in the area. Organizing the event is a local drag queen named Chad Bugge, whose performs under the stage name Anna Roxia. Sorry haters, but gay people are the best.
P.S. You may be thinking/hoping Langenegger is a closet case. We visited his Facebook page, and we’re pretty positive he’s not lying. Among his likes: Megan Fox, Incubus and Mitt Romney. What can you do? Nobody’s perfect.