Steven Lemmerman, Gay man, attacked in downtown Baltimore

  • metta

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    Jun 14, 2015 3:56 AM GMT
    Gay man attacked in downtown Baltimore


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    A 25-year-old gay man, Steven Lemmerman, also known by his DJ name DJ Lemz, was attacked along with his partner Stuart Parlier on the corner of Charles and Fayette streets in downtown Baltimore, according to local media reports. They were walking back from a drag show at Soundstage on June 11 when they were attacked. - See more at: http://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/06/13/gay-man-attacked-in-downtown-baltimore/#sthash.oAN0gN2E.dpuf


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  • venue35

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    Jun 14, 2015 4:00 AM GMT
    That is just awfulicon_sad.gif
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    Jun 14, 2015 3:24 PM GMT
    I think we as gay men need to learn to defend ourselves. I'm going to start Krav Maga so if some homophobic fuck wad jumps me I can annihilate him!
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 14, 2015 4:10 PM GMT
    More violence from deeply troubled, rapidly shrinking Baltimore. Now as evidenced by this sickening gay bashing, violent crime has infiltrated the central business district of downtown Baltimore. Ever since the riots, Baltimore has become probably the deadliest city in the U.S. There appears to be no end in sight to all the violent callousness that is terrorizing Baltimore. On top of that, Baltimore is still a predominately blue collar, undereducated city so intolerance and hatred is still tightly woven into this city's social and political landscapes. Anyone who thinks that the 78 square mile city of Baltimore is a friendly and welcoming city for diversity and acceptance is in for a very rude awakening. Baltimore is still pretty much the old South in its thinking and beliefs despite being a blue democratic city. I will not be surprised if Baltimore's population drops well below 500,000 in the 2020 census. While other major cities like Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Richmond VA continue to successfully revitalize once decayed, distressed downtown and inner city neighborhoods and even moribund smaller cities like Camden NJ and Chester PA start showing positive signs of rebounding and redeveloping, Baltimore continues to bleed and decline wracked by endless, senseless violence. The beat goes on.icon_neutral.gif
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    Jun 14, 2015 4:52 PM GMT
    Just painful to look at. Can't imagine how much worst its going to feel in the coming days and weeks.
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    Jun 14, 2015 7:27 PM GMT
    Hate to break it to you, but anyone getting attacked in Baltimore is not news. It's a way of life.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 14, 2015 9:15 PM GMT
    CLTMike46 saidHate to break it to you, but anyone getting attacked in Baltimore is not news. It's a way of life.
    Thank you, +500,000
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    Jun 15, 2015 4:25 AM GMT
    metta8 saidGay man attacked in downtown Baltimore




    It is Baltimore right? Lots of people get attacked. Something in the water there.
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    Jun 15, 2015 4:40 AM GMT
    desertmuscl said
    metta8 saidGay man attacked in downtown Baltimore




    It is Baltimore right? Lots of people get attacked. Something in the water there.
    They should move to Cali. There's no water here. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 15, 2015 3:41 PM GMT
    I'm waiting for the police to classify this as "simple assault" since no robbery or other associated crime appears to have occurred. And be reluctant to bring hate crime charges, even though in 2005 Maryland amended its hate crime statute to include LGBT. Lemmerman says he doesn't believe there were any witnesses, and police and prosecutors are hesitant to bring hate crime charges without specific forensic evidence or third-party witnesses to support the contention.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Jun 15, 2015 10:50 PM GMT
    desertmuscl said
    metta8 saidGay man attacked in downtown Baltimore




    It is Baltimore right? Lots of people get attacked. Something in the water there.
    It is just a hyper violent, undereducated, blue collar city with no viable economy. Go figure.
  • rip12

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    Jun 16, 2015 12:52 AM GMT
    baltimore certainly has its problems - not at all unlike all the cities the above posters are from and those noted in the various comments

    when i read some of the comments however it is apparent the posters are either incredibly uninformed, speak before they think, or have some kind of hidden agenda im not really interested in knowing about

    i have lived in baltimore for some time now having moved here from los angeles

    while its true that it is divided along racial lines generally, its gay community is pretty well integrated
    and more friendly and welcoming than most i have experienced in other northeastern and west coast cities

    the incident that happened last weekend isnt something that hasnt happened to countless numbers of people i know in washington, new york, lax, phila, boston, and on and on and on - they call it being in the wrong place at the wrong time
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    Jun 16, 2015 12:57 AM GMT
    rip12 saidthe incident that happened last weekend isnt something that hasnt happened to countless numbers of people i know in washington, new york, lax, phila, boston, and on and on and on - they call it being in the wrong place at the wrong time
    +1

    I've known a few guys who got attacked in Ft Lauderdale, Miami, South Beach, and other places in SoFla...generally considered to be a gay haven for the most part. But shit happens no matter where you live if you're in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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    Jun 16, 2015 1:36 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    rip12 saidthe incident that happened last weekend isnt something that hasnt happened to countless numbers of people i know in washington, new york, lax, phila, boston, and on and on and on - they call it being in the wrong place at the wrong time

    +1

    I've known a few guys who got attacked in Ft Lauderdale, Miami, South Beach, and other places in SoFla...generally considered to be a gay haven for the most part. But shit happens no matter where you live if you're in the wrong place at the wrong time.

    True, but the issue here is motive. The victim claims homophobic hate words were used. And there was no robbery.

    Perhaps you know that I and my husband were almost mugged in our parking lot a few years back. As we got out of our car late at night, and were headed to the building entrance.

    Two young guys on bicycles suddenly swooped down on us. Punched C*** and knocked him down, and tried the same with me. I fought back with my cane. Was quite the sight I'm sure, LOL, but I was taught how with training that went back decades using pugil sticks.

    Knocked the guy silly and finally he and his accomplice fled. And what really did it was my Army MP training that told me to seek the attention of others, what perpetrators fear most. I screamed: "POLICE! HELP! CALL THE POLICE! HELP! CALL 911!" and so on as I fought him. No shame in using that very practical tactic.

    Because fortunately for us we were right outside our building, with windows and patios. And those windows started lighting up, and people coming out onto their patios. Those guys realized the game was up when potential witnesses appeared, so they cut and ran.

    A hate crime? Very unlikely, more probably a simple robbery attempt, maybe steal our car, too, if their bicycles were stolen and could be abandoned.

    But this Baltimore case? Hate crime if the victim is to be believed. I'll be interested to see if it's officially treated that way.
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    Jun 19, 2015 6:15 PM GMT
    roadbikeRob saidMore violence from deeply troubled, rapidly shrinking Baltimore. Now as evidenced by this sickening gay bashing, violent crime has infiltrated the central business district of downtown Baltimore. Ever since the riots, Baltimore has become probably the deadliest city in the U.S. There appears to be no end in sight to all the violent callousness that is terrorizing Baltimore. On top of that, Baltimore is still a predominately blue collar, undereducated city so intolerance and hatred is still tightly woven into this city's social and political landscapes. Anyone who thinks that the 78 square mile city of Baltimore is a friendly and welcoming city for diversity and acceptance is in for a very rude awakening. Baltimore is still pretty much the old South in its thinking and beliefs despite being a blue democratic city. I will not be surprised if Baltimore's population drops well below 500,000 in the 2020 census. While other major cities like Philadelphia, Washington DC, and Richmond VA continue to successfully revitalize once decayed, distressed downtown and inner city neighborhoods and even moribund smaller cities like Camden NJ and Chester PA start showing positive signs of rebounding and redeveloping, Baltimore continues to bleed and decline wracked by endless, senseless violence. The beat goes on.icon_neutral.gif


    So? Whoa! That conclusion does not follow from the alleged facts preceding it, even if true.
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    Sep 09, 2015 4:18 AM GMT
    All of our meeting places should be well lit, fenced-in parking if possible so we can safely enter and exit. Security escorts should be provided especially to employees. Most of these places are boardered by poorer neighborhoods making opportunity easy for mugging. I won't go there at night. I wish they'd move to the county, or away from poor neighborhoods.