Lesbian assaulted in downtown bar, man charged

Lesbian assaulted in downtown bar, man charged

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A fun night on 6th Street quickly turned violent for one lesbian, who claims she was the victim of a hate crime.

Police say they have charged the man but she wants more to be done.

Last Monday night, Gina Adams claims she got beat up by a bartender at the Lodge Bar, while she was out celebrating a friend's birthday.

"We were just hitting all the clubs… Going to each club I tell 'em ‘Hey I work over at Rusty's do ya'll do discounts?'" Adams said. "He kind of like nudges for me to go around to the end of the bar and so I'm like okay maybe he didn't hear me."

That's when Adams said he attacked her.

"He looks at me grabs me and just throws me right behind the bar, doesn't say a word to me. I try to get up and he threw me down again and he did this like four or five times," said Adams. "He had no reason, no reason at all. He didn't know me I didn't know him."

Police were dispatched to the scene. They say her cuts and bruises were enough to arrest the bartender with assault with injury.

Adams says it was not until later that she thought her sexual orientation might be the reason for the attack.

"So in my head either he heard me tell him that I was from Rusty's and wanted to just bang me up because I was gay or he thought I was a gay guy coming on to him," said Adams.

The police report does not state that this crime was a hate crime. But Chuck Smith with Equality Texas says it's not too late to report it.

"There may have been indicators of bias not noted on the night of the incident just because it didn't click for her then. If it clicks for her now then that's what needs to be documented in the report and they can revisit and look at evidence from the scene," said Smith.

Adams plans to tell detectives, hoping it will help prevent situations like this from happening to someone else.

"It shouldn't matter if you're gay or straight, if you want to have a relationship with a tree you should be able to watch the thorns. We're all people. You cut us we all bleed the same," said Adams.

According to the Austin Travis County Hate Crimes Task Force sexual orientation is the most reported for bias motivation in hate crimes, followed by racial, ethnicity and religion. The goal of the task force is to create a respectful community free of hate.

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