A gay couple was attacked by a group of men soon after they left Rain, a gay nightclub in downtown Austin, early on Saturday morning, Jan. 20, according to the Austin Statesman American.
Spencer Deehring, 23, and Tristan Perry, 22, were left unconscious. Perry had a concussion, internal bleeding, chipped teeth and a broken nose. Deehring had cuts and a minor concussion.
Deehring posted on Facebook:
On Friday evening into early Saturday morning my boyfriend and I were victims of a hate crime. We were called “faggots” and brutally kicked & beaten. I suffered a concussion and severe lacerations, my boyfriend suffered a broken nose, stitches in his forehead and a major concussion with minor internal bleeding. Fortunately when a bystander saw what happened they were able to call 911 and we were able to get transported to a local medical center. Today I ask for your help with the burden we have been given of medical expenses related to this experience. Both of us were transported in an ambulance and given emergency trauma care at a local hospital. Due to this we expect our bills to exceed the thousands of dollars due to receiving comprehensive radiological care. And we ask for your love and support during our difficult time. Any help you can give is immensely appreciated. Always spread love and positivity. End hate.
Austin police have made no arrests but are investigating the attack as a hate crime.
A GoFundMe page was set up to help the couple with medical bills. As of this writing, about $18,000 has been raised.
Rain has posted a $5,000 reward for information on Crime Stoppers.
— David Taffet