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Colorado trans man attacked by group of men at his own home for ‘acting gay’

Colorado trans man attacked by group of men at his own home for ‘acting gay’

Emmit Davis, a trans man in Colorado who was beat

A transgender man from Colorado Springs, Colorado says a group of men attacked him at his own home for ‘acting gay’.

According to local news station KRDO, Emmit Davis and his partner were sitting on the front porch of their house on Saturday (6 April) when the attack happened.

Davis alleges that two men jumped over a fence into their yard.

‘They started immediately saying “look at those d****” … you know, homophobic slurs,’ Davis said.

In another report, Davis said the two men briefly left only to return with another man and continue their onslaught of harassment.

‘He swung at me. I swung back in self-defense. He swung again,’ Davis said of one of the men’s actions. ‘It was very apparent they were just there to attack.’

He confirmed he didn’t know or recognize his alleged attackers, but believe it was an intentional anti-LGBTI act. Police are currently investigating the alleged altercation as a hate crime.

‘I never in my life thought for being who I am, I would be assaulted,’ he explained.

Davis was recently named Mr. Trans of Colorado Springs and that he advocates for trans individuals ‘who go through things like this’ but ‘never thought I’d be advocating as a survivor’.

He suffered bruises and swelling on his face, which he said left it ‘unrecognizable’.

Hate breeds hate

The alleged attack on Davis is the latest in an increased amount of hate-based crimes in the areas.

Colorado Springs Police say there have been 35 confirmed hate crimes since 2016, with eight reported in 2017 and then another 12 in 2018.

This follows an overall trend of both increased hate crimes and hate groups in the US since Donald Trump took office as President.

Davis, however, assured the media he did not hate his attackers. He also made a post on Facebook, writing ‘we cannot fill ourselves with the same hate’ or ‘nothing will change’.

Emmit Davis' post on Facebook following the alleged attack
Davis’ post on Facebook following the alleged attack | Photo: Facebook/Emmit Daniel Davis

‘We are and always will be a strong community that’s more united and more supportive than any community I have ever witnessed,’ he continued. ‘It’s truly amazing, so as a community let’s show that we don’t want to spread more hate.’

Update 11.4.19

‘We’ve seen an increase in hate crimes, and people being targeted based on their sexual orientation or gender identity,’ Daniel Ramos of the LGBTI organization One Colorado reaffirmed to GSN.

‘The fact that people cannot feel safe in the comfort of their home, somewhere like their front porch, is horrifying.’

He stressed, however, that Colorado protects sexual orientation and gender identity under its hate crimes law, and so people should go to law enforcement if anything like this happens.

Ramos also added that while hate crimes are going up, people are also reporting them less, either because they don’t know where to go or because they’re afraid.

‘It can be intimidating when you don’t know where to turn, especially if you’re targeted in your own community,’ he said.

One Colorado is one such organization than can help LGBTI people navigate situations like these. They can be contacted here.

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