It's Blame the Black Guy Syndrome all over again. But this time the supposed victim is one of "us."
Dunno how much of an increase in hate crimes against BLGT's has been documented in Hawkeye Country, but in Massachusetts the number of reported incidents doubled
during the first year after equal marriage rights became law. Nut jobs who already have a problem with you are spurred to act on their problem that much faster when you're in the news a lot. So the time was ripe for somebody looking to fake victimization to use Gay-bashing as the supposed crime of choice. It's plausible when the actual crime is occurring more often.
In a weird way I guess this means we're "arriving" in this country. The stigma against homosexuality has worn thin enough that somebody's not ashamed to file a false report of being attacked for being Gay. No more having to play the race card.