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Hollywood Reporter Article: Controversial Gay Actor Rupert Everett Blasts Hollywood Homophobia & Creating Pathetic Stars Like Jennifer Aniston!!!

Rupert Everett: I Never Got a Job in Hollywood After Coming Out

7:57 PM 12/29/2010 by Bryan Alexander           
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Actor says straight actors taking roles to play gay; criticizes Jennifer Aniston’s roles

Rupert Everett spoke to the UK’s BBC’s Radio 4 about his views on Hollywood and the entertainment industry in general, discussing what happened to his career following his announcement that he is gay. He also took a shot at Jennifer Aniston and straight actors playing homosexual characters.

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When asked about the professional reaction he received after he came out of the closet, Everett responded, “Nothing very much [in terms of Hollywood reaction]. I just never got a job there, and I never got a job here, after [coming out]. I did a couple of films, I was very lucky at the beginning of my career… and then, I never had another job here for ten years probably and I moved to Europe.” Despite a general view to the contrary, Everett calls Hollywood “an extremely conservative world” that “pretends to be a liberal world.”

Earlier, he said he felt, “show business is ideally suited for heterosexuals, it’s a very heterosexual business, it’s run mostly by heterosexual men, and there’s a kind of pecking order.”

Everett believes that “pecking order” decides who will continue to do well in Hollywood, regardless of box office takes or quality. “There are lots of women and lots of men in the business that the powers that be decide are the right people and they’ll stand with them for quite a long time,” he said.

“Like Jennifer Aniston will just have one too many total flops. But she’s still a member of that club. And she will still manage to, like a star forming in the universe, a whole lot of things will swirl around and suddenly solidifying into yet another vital tasteless romcom, a little glitter next to the Crab Nebula.”

As for the trend of heterosexual actors playing gay characters, Everett applauded Colin Firth‘s performance in A Single Man but says the movement has a stifling affect on gay actors.

“A lot of straight actors are actively searching for gay roles because it is something different to do. I think that’s fine but that does mean the gay actor who used to just get to play the gay part- like me-has been reduced to drag really.”

Earlier this week, actor Richard Chamberlain told The Advocate: “I wouldn’t advise a gay leading man–type actor to come out.”

“It’s complicated,” he added. “There’s still a tremendous amount of homophobia in our culture. It’s regrettable, it’s stupid, it’s heartless, and it’s immoral, but there it is,”

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Guardian UK Article: Indian Man Is Accused Of Being A Homosexual & Paying Hit Men To Murder His Young Wife In South Africa!!!

Shrien Dewani granted bail despite claims of ‘significant new evidence’

Despite claims footage shows him handing payment to taxi driver, British businessman Shrien Dewani granted £250,000 bail

  • Caroline Davies
  •, Friday 10 December 2010 21.11 GMT
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  • shrien dewani granted bail Shrien Dewani with his wife Anni, who was murdered in Cape Town. He has been granted £250,000 bail.
    The British businessman Shrien Dewani, wanted for extradition by South Africa over claims he paid hitmen to kill his bride on their Cape Town honeymoon, was granted £250,000 bail today despite claims that there was “significant new evidence” against him.


    CCTV footage taken three days after the murder of his Swedish wife, Anni, 28, showed him “surreptitiously” handing over a “white plastic package” said to contain 1,000 rand (£90) at the five-star Cape Grace hotel to the taxi driver he is accused of recruiting to hire hitmen, the high court judge Mr Justice Ouseley heard.

    Together with other new evidence, it demonstrated “there is a very powerful case against Mr Dewani”, lawyers for the South African government said.

    However, Dewani, 30, from a wealthy Bristol family, was to be freed from Wandsworth jail after the judge dismissed the appeal by the South African government, which had argued he should remain in custody pending extradition proceedings.

    Dewani’s barrister Clare Montgomery QC said he hoped to clear his name and had “no desire to hide or flee”.

    His wife was found shot dead in an abandoned car after an apparent carjacking in a dangerous township on 13 November. The couple’s taxi driver, Zola Tongo, was sentenced to 18 years’ jail on Tuesday after confessing to conspiracy to murder, claiming Dewani approached him to hire two hitmen to stage the carjacking and kill his wife and, offering to pay 15,000 rand.

    Arguing there was substantial risk Dewani would flee, Ben Watson QC, for the South African government, said the CCTV footage undermined Dewani’s account. Dewani is alleged to have handed over the cash after breaking off a meeting with his father-in-law, Vinod Hindocha.

    “There can be no proper explanation for that transaction or the manner in which it was conducted, and it ties in with Mr Tongo being paid 1,000 rand for his efforts,” said Watson.

    Other CCTV footage showed Dewani, a qualified accountant, talking in the taxi alone with the driver – once for four minutes, and once for 13 – immediately after arriving at the hotel from the airport where they met, said Watson. He claimed this tied with the driver’s account.

    Two shop assistants in a backstreet currency exchange where no identity documents were required allegedly said he had exchanged $1,500 into rand – the sum he is said to have arranged to pay the alleged hitmen Xolile Mnguni and Mziwamadoda Qwabe. He also drew £1,000 from cash machines, giving him “dirty” and “clean” streams of income, said Watson.

    Dewani was robbed but thrown out of the vehicle unharmed, while his wife was murdered but not sexually assaulted, said Watson. “He would have been an obvious eyewitness,” he said, arguing that there were substantial grounds to believe Dewani would flee. “The net is closing in, and while he may have been prepared to hand himself in before, he may well have strong reasons why he would not now.”

    The South African authorities were appealing against a decision earlier this week by a judge at City of Westminster magistrates court to grant bail.

    Montgomery, for Dewani, said there was “nothing” in the fresh material that strengthened the case against him or made it more likely he would flee.

    His wife could have died if the gun went off accidentally, and did not appear to have an “execution-style wound”, she said. “It’s a wound that travels through Anni’s hand and into her neck, and it is because it severed arteries that it proved fatal.” As to the suggestion there was no sexual assault, there was a clear grip mark on her lower leg, Montgomery said.

    She said any cash Dewani paid to Tongo was for services as a driver and guide and their conversations were “consistent with planning days ahead”. He was accused of offering 15,000 rand for the killing, yet is said to have changed 10,000, she said.

    Imposing the bail conditions, which include electronic tagging and a curfew, the judge said he had concluded Dewani “had a genuine and realistic interest in making sure he clears his name”.

    South Africa’s justice minister, Jeff Radebe, dismissed any suggestion Dewani would not get a fair trial. But the chief of South African police, General Bheki Cele, provoked controversy by calling Dewani a “monkey”, telling journalists: “One monkey came from London to kill his wife here. He thought we South Africans were stupid. Don’t kill people here.”

Toronto Star Message Board: Canadians Bigotry About Refugees & Immigrants Speaks Volumes About Canada’s Multicultural Society.

Teen facing deportation loses bid for release

Published On Tue Dec 28 2010 

Christine Dobby Staff Reporter

An 18-year-old Toronto high school student facing imminent deportation to Mexico has had his hopes for release dashed, according to his lawyer.

Immigration authorities picked up Daniel Garcia just before Christmas. He lost a bid for release at a detention review hearing Tuesday morning, said lawyer Guidy Mamann.

“Obviously it was a disappointment for him this morning,” Mamann said.

Garcia came to Canada when he was 15 with his sister Brenda Garcia, 30, who claimed refugee status and said she was persecuted in Mexico because she is a lesbian. The Garcias say they fled their home in Mexico City due to homophobic violence that saw Brenda’s partner shot and killed.

But their claim was rejected last December and although Daniel tried to fill out an appeal known as a Pre-Removal Risk Assessment with the help of a local librarian, he says he never received a response from immigration authorities.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) detained both siblings. Brenda was deported to Mexico on Monday, according to Mamann, who was retained to represent Daniel the same day.

Although Garcia’s next detention review hearing is set for Jan. 4, he might not be here for it as the CBSA is preparing to put him on a flight to Mexico within days, Mamann said.

The lawyer said he will prepare materials in the next day or two arguing that Garcia should be permitted to stay in Canada on humanitarian grounds.

“But of course those things are only going to be helpful if there’s a willingness to look at material before CBSA finishes their plan for removal,” Mamann said, adding that it is a challenging time of year as there aren’t many people working at the immigration offices.

Many of Garcia’s fellow students and several teachers at Parkdale Collegiate Institute have attended rallies to support him and — with almost no notice — several supporters showed up at the detention hearing Tuesday morning, Mamann said.


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I do not buy this story: I read carefully this story. And sadly I have to agree with the decision of the immigration…… Mexican PhD student

One Question…..: While I do feel sympathy for someone in such a situation, I have one question. When he was 15 years…… Steve_YYZ

Another false refugee claim: Send ‘em packing!… FCUK

Good news: Good job Canada border services. It is because of people like these that Mexican visitors now need…… aldwinian


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Dec 28, 2010 6:51 PM

how many still alive after deport

i guess now it a time to figure out how many claim if he or she deported to their country they might be killed , and how many really killed so far after deportation from Canada .

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Dec 28, 2010 6:23 PM


Canada Border Services has virtually no involvement in the refugeee process until after the Pre-Removal Risk Assessment. They are only the final enforcement arm. If you want the REAL culprits behind the years of waiting it takes to remove fake refugees look directly at the Supreme Court of Canada. If you want the one who empowered them look at Pierre Elliot Trudeau and his flawed Charter of Rights. If you want who inspired this whole mess, tag Lester G.Pearson. Ironic isn’t it that most of the fakes come through the airport named after him.

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Tony 1

Dec 28, 2010 6:22 PM

Avoid tragedies – change refugee laws.

As long as our refugee system is openly inviting for abuse we will have such stories. I am very sorry for young person who has to be deported . I wish her to study , get good credentials and apply legally to immigrate to Canada.But I am more sorry for Canada who attracted many thousands of cheaters . It has to be straight : refugees deserve safety, not ecomomical benefits. Send them to third world refugee camp and process them abroad and not nessesarily resettle in Canada. It will stop terrorists , criminals, abusers and will free resourses to help real refugees.

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Dec 28, 2010 6:21 PM

Chobert is an example the worst kind of immigrant

I don’t know if you just ignore that there are groups that can suffer persecution such as: journalists, members of police and army and business men who don’t want or can’t afford to pay for the extortion they need to pay the Cartels. Or simply you are a selfish person that wants to close the doors behind him. I doubt you really come from Mexico because I can’t believe there are people so egoist in this World, maybe I’m wrong and you’re an example.

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Dec 28, 2010 6:15 PM


You fail to note that not all people meet criteria set by immigration;not all people have minimum amount of money to be eligible for migration. There wouldn’t be dishonest people abusing refugee system if it were as smooth as you painted to be. No, I’m not in any way condoning dishonest way of obtaining status nor am I accusing these two siblings of dishonesty;because I don’t know them personally to pass judgment on their case.

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Dec 28, 2010 6:14 PM

People Again using the stupid arguments

Like saying that illegals are a burden to the US, this is FOX News and racist lies. Truth is that illegals are the force that has kept the American fields, construction working and many other industries working at a very low cost. Illegals have been used as a semi-disposable work force, when one got injured they just got fired and got another illegal. They paid way more to the American society racists want to recognize.

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Dec 28, 2010 6:10 PM


There’s nothing missing in the story. It was stated in one another article that Daniel was living with his sister and her partner. He was 12 years old when he and his sister & partner, were sleeping over at a friend;’s home….that was when his sister’s partner was shot and died! If I recall correctly, Daniel and his sister left Mexico shortly afer that! To the posters here that says he can apply to immigrate once he’s back in Mexico…NO, he cannot apply for 10 years if he has been deported, and unless he has certain skills, he will not be accepted….no matter how many Mexican bodies are found spread everywhere! Canada has, or had, a list of countries from which people were accepted as refugees…one of those countries was Haiti, another was Afghanistan, don’t recall the rest, and don’t know if that list is still in effect now that we have Harper in Ottawa! It is very UNsafe to live in Mexico now, mostly because of the drugwars. I have a friend in Mexico, he and his Mother very reluctantly go out no

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Dec 28, 2010 5:42 PM

If only the CBSA were always this efficient

I’m not taking sides here as I don’t know all the facts, and while same sex unions are legal in Mexico City, they are not across the country. In any case, I wish the CBSA, and the law, were only this efficient in deporting Jamaican criminals, Nigerians fraudsters, Muslim terrorists, etc. It amazes me how efficient they are when it comes to mere illegal immigrants who are working to get ahead. I’m not saying I agree with their methods, I don’t, but I do believe that the government’s efforts should be geared to deport those who commit crimes.

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Dec 28, 2010 5:40 PM

Hasta La Vista Daniel !

Try going through the proper application process when you arrive back in Mexico City the 1st place in Latin America to allow Same Sex Marriage, where a million people attended the 2009 annual Pride Parade & who’s Mayor was selected the Best Mayor on the Planet for 2010 for his efforts on transit, Pollution, crime & Gay Rights.

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Dec 28, 2010 5:37 PM

Illegal Aliens from Mexico?

Send them all back, lest we have the US problem of using billions of taxpayer dollars to support them via social services. I don’t care what country any illegal alien is from: They came here not giving one iota for our immigration laws=send them all back now! No one should be permitted to jump the queue-no one!

Forbes Magazine Article: Heterosexual Woman Writes A Memoir About Dealing With Grief Her Boyfriend Is A Homosexual.

Author Discovers Her Groom-To-Be Is Gay

Dec. 28 2010 – 8:49 am | 8,621 views | 0 recommendations | 5 comments

It was 2006 when 36-year-old Forbes magazine writer, Kiri Blakeley, received the shock of her life. When her fiancé and partner of 10 years asked to have a “talk,” she expected they’d be finalizing wedding preparations. Instead, he confessed that he’d been cheating on her for years—with men.

Blakeley details the crushing realization and its aftermath in her new book, Can’t Think Straight: A Memoir of Mixed-Up Love (Kensington, $14.95), released today. The book chronicles the year after she discovered her fiancé’s other life, as she attempts to maintain a demanding career through intense grief, obsesses over the signs she missed and challenges herself to trust men again.

Counselor Bonnie Kaye, a leading expert and author of several books on gay men in heterosexual relationships, estimates that approximately four million women have been affected by this situation, and Blakeley agrees that it’s “more common than we’d like to believe.” She opened up about her former relationship, the break-up’s affect on her career and her fears about publishing an account of her darkest moments. A condensed version of our conversation appears below.

Forbes: The book begins with a scene that will likely terrify all current and future brides-to-be. What happened that night?

Blakeley: I had been with my fiancé for over 10 years. We lived together, and we had just discussed moving forward with the wedding ceremony a few weeks prior. One night around 11 o’clock, I was getting ready for bed when my fiancé, Aaron, said: ‘Kiri, we need to talk.’

I came in to the living room not expecting much. Then he said, ‘I think I’m having issues with my sexuality.’ I did this laugh/scream hybrid: ‘Haaa!’ I didn’t know if he was joking. But then he started to cry, hard. I’ve never seen him cry like that. Then I knew he wasn’t joking.

What did it feel like to listen to the man you thought you’d be walking down the aisle with come out to you about being gay?

Surreal. I felt like I was in a nightmare that I couldn’t wake up from. I’d known him for so long, and we’d been through so much together—the death of his father, the death of my niece. This wasn’t a guy that was giving off signals. He wasn’t out ‘til 3 a.m. There weren’t any strange phone calls. I didn’t smell Axe body spray on him when he came home from work. This came like a lightning bolt completely out of the blue. I felt like everything I’d known was not true. If my judgment was so bad about this, then what else was I wrong about?

So in one moment a 10-year relationship dissolved?

That was the end of the relationship as I had known it. It’s one thing if your man comes to you and says, ‘I’ve fallen in love with my intern’ or ‘the girl who makes my coffee in the morning.’ It’s another thing when he says, ‘I’m sexually attracted to men.’ I’m not a man. I couldn’t compete.

What were the stages of grief?

At first I was numb. My brain shut down. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t sleep. I was a walking zombie. In fact, I was a danger to myself walking around. I would walk into oncoming traffic. The next stage was anger. I told him to leave the apartment. I changed the locks. I hid his stuff.

In the book you describe feeling compelled to find out everything you could about his secret life during your relationship. What did you discover?

It was a few days later when I was at work that I decided to go into his email. I discovered that not only had he been cheating on me, he had been having an affair with a man who he had emotional feelings for. Then I got even madder, thinking: ‘Not only are you cheating on me—with men—but you’re having an affair with a man that you love.”

That’s when I really went ballistic. That’s when I felt like going home and destroying all of his things. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done to pull back on that chemical reaction that floods your brain.

And there hadn’t been any red flags?

He grew a beard about a year before I learned that he was gay. I didn’t like it or understand it. But if a man grows a beard, you don’t think he’s gay. In retrospect, I found out that he was taking pictures of his beard and sending them to other men.

It was our sex life that was the main red flag. We would have sex only once every couple of months. One time we went eight months without it. But we had been together 10 years. I know a couple right now who just had a baby and have not had sex in over a year. We even went to therapy about it. He would sit there and say, ‘Oh, I’m tired,’ or ‘Yeah, we gotta work on this.’ He never piped up and said, ‘It’s because I like men!’

At the time, you were working as a staff magazine writer here at Forbes. How did you deal with this huge personal devastation and maintain professionalism?

I had a great supervisor. I did call in sick and take a couple days off. The first day back, I went directly to this female supervisor, who was a friend, and told her what happened. I needed her to know because I wasn’t myself, and I didn’t know how I was going to function.

She was very understanding. She knew I couldn’t handle really difficult assignments, so she made sure I didn’t get those for a few weeks. Everybody should have somebody like that at work. We are all just human, and we do have bad days and weeks.

Did you have to deal with office gossip?

I’d lost a lot of weight, and people were noticing. I told colleagues flat out what had happened. If you deflate the situation, I think it causes less chatter. They were as supportive as they could be.

How much time did it take to be back at your fullest?

After a month, I wanted to throw myself into work. I hadn’t been alone for over ten years, and it became a comfort. The only thing that got me back to equilibrium and feeling like myself again was time. Two years. Three years. I’m still working on it.

Why did you decide to write this book?

I didn’t think about getting it published when I started it. I had to get out my feelings. It was what got me up in the morning. It was what gave me a reason to live—to not harm myself.

When you eventually decided to publish it, were you worried about putting your life out there for people to gawk at? Were you concerned about potential ramifications in your career?

I was very worried. A lot of the book has to do with my dating life after becoming single. It gets pretty raw. It was during the editing process that I started looking at the material and going: Oh. My. God. Everyone is going to read this–my friends, my family, my coworkers. I was imagining that I would get fired.

Then providence came in the form of a layoff. But I’m still concerned. Is anyone ever going to hire me again after reading this book? I wouldn’t bring it up in an interview, but it is out there. If they see it and have questions, I will answer whatever questions they have.

Has this experience changed your outlook on men and on relationships?

It will affect my relationships for the rest of my life. I know now that you cannot ever truly know anyone. If you do, you got lucky. Most of us don’t live with extended family, so we have this one person that we wrap our lives around. That makes that one person indispensable, which is very scary because people are flawed and people do lie.

Do you think you’ll ever want to get engaged again?

I am dating someone now, but I’m living alone. I would be willing to get engaged again and get married. I would be aware that it could fall apart. But someone could get hit by a truck too.

National Post Article: Daniel Garcia’s Lesbian Sister Just Got Deported Back To Mexico.

Mexican woman deported, brother may be next

December 27, 2010 – 8:54 pm

TORONTO — A Mexican woman who says she was being persecuted for being gay, was deported from Canada Monday.
And concerned citizens in Toronto are worried the woman’s younger brother may be next.
Brenda Garcia, who media reports said was 30, was returned to Mexico City on Monday morning, leaving friends and teachers of 18-year-old Daniel calling for his release.
Two days before Christmas, Daniel Garcia learned an immigration warrant had been issued against him. He was detained after being asked for identification in a random police check in the west-end Toronto neighbourhood of Parkdale.
Mr. Garcia arrived in Canada as a minor in 2007 under the guardianship of his older sister. The two applied for refugee status, citing that they faced persecution and possibly death in Mexico, where they said they had already experienced discrimination and violence. When their claims for refugee status were rejected, they filed a pre-removal risk assessment.
“A PRRA is essentially an extension of the refugee claim,” said Karin Baqi, a lawyer who spoke with Garcia but has not been retained by him. “Once your refugee claim has been refused, you can’t be removed until the PRRA has been done; it is meant to assess the risks you face in your country.”
But in the time between filing his initial refugee claim and it being rejected, Mr. Garcia’s lawyer died. Following that, he was directed to a library, where employees were to assist him in filling out the PRRA.
Ms. Baqi says Mr. Garcia’s PRRA was filled out incorrectly.
Mr. Garcia’s fate remains uncertain. Ms. Baqi said she was concerned because the process for deporting people from Canada tends to move quickly, especially at this time of year when lawyers and other professionals are on holiday and can be difficult to contact.
Ms. Baqi said the young man is afraid. “I mean, he’s just 18-years-old,” she said. “He’s surprised and he’s also clueless. What I’m hoping is that there’s enough support from the community to make sure that he’s safe.”
Speaking to Global News from a Toronto detention centre, Mr. Garcia said his attackers recently threatened his mother.
A spokesman from the immigration minister’s office couldn’t discuss the details of his case without Mr. Garcia’s consent but told Global News his refugee claim against Mexico was unfounded.
A statement also said “each asylum seeker is given multiple avenues to make their case”and that “nobody is deported from Canada until all those appeals are exhausted.”
With files from Global News

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Austin Texas Article: Two Gay Men Say They Got Bashed After Leaving Gay Bar On Christmas Night!!!

Attack on gay men

Men: We were attacked for being gay

At least 2nd attack this year on 4th Street

Updated: Tuesday, 28 Dec 2010, 8:27 AM CST
Published : Monday, 27 Dec 2010, 9:03 PM CST

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Bobby Beltran and Christopher Ortega are still in shock about what happened to them early Sunday morning.

“This happened on 4th Street, right in the middle of everything, on Christmas night,” Beltran said.

The two were wrapping up Christmas celebrations at Rain , a gay bar. Around closing time, they left and parted ways on the corner 4th and Lavaca with a hug.

“Shortly thereafter, a car drove by,” Beltran said.

Inside the car, according to both Beltran and Ortega, were five men who started yelling homophobic slurs.

“After that, I said, ‘Get out of here. That stuff is not welcome out here in Austin,’ ” Beltran said.

What happened next, the two did not expect. The five men got out of the car and for the next 5 to 10 minutes, the men took turns kicking and punching the both of them.

During the beating, both Ortega and Beltran say the men continued yelling homophobic slurs.

“You could tell it was almost coordinated,” said Ortega.

The two say the only thing they were thinking was, “Where are the cops?”

And, “Stay alive. Keep your face protected. Stay alive, survive,” Beltran said.

The attack stopped after a friend yelled the cops were coming. When they did show up, they didn’t have much to say, according to the two men.

“The response was, ‘Sorry guys. We’ll give you a report number. We’ll never catch these guys,’ ” Ortega said.

This is at least the second time this year two gay men have been beat up after leaving a gay bar on 4th Street. The first beating happened in February just down the street near City Hall. So far, no arrests have been made.

“I’m going to keep on pursuing this because I want justice. I want to know that this is not going to happen again to anybody,” Beltran said.

Statistically speaking, if caught, the attackers probably won’t face hate crime charges.

According to statistics from the Texas Department of Public Safety, since Texas enacted its hate crime law back in 2001, more than 2,500 hate crimes offenses have been reported. Of those, only 11 have been prosecuted.

This legislative session the Texas House will vote on a bill that will study the hate crime law in Texas to determine why it’s rarely used. Last month, KXAN Austin News took a closer look at that bill. Click here to read the story.


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