Hundreds of people gathered Sunday
night to show support for a Lincoln, Nebraska lesbian who was
attacked in her own home earlier in the day.
Fire fighters responded to a 4AM house
fire after the woman escaped to a neighbor's house and called for
Friends of the victim told KLKN-TV
that three men forced themselves into the woman's home, attacked her,
then set the home on fire.
“Three men came into her home, they
broke down the door, stripped her of all her clothing, tied her hands
behind her back with a zip tie,” a friend told the network. “They
cut derogatory words into her arms and stomach and continued to cut
all over her body.”
The men also spray painted anti-gay
epithets on the walls in the basement.
“When someone takes the time to hand
cuff someone with a zip tie and carve derogatory comments or words
into somebody else's body, that's sheer hate and at this point, this
is a hate crime,” a second friend said.
Tyler Richard, president of gay rights
advocate Outlinc, called on the community to “pull together in this
“We are shocked and saddened by the
report of an alleged hate crime involving a member of the LGBT
community early Sunday morning,” he
said in a statement. “Our hearts go out the the victim, her
family and close friends. Many in our community are understandably
experiencing a great deal of sadness, anger and confusion. We look
to our entire community to pull together in this difficult time.
Outlinc has full faith in the Lincoln Police Department who has a
long history of support for Lincoln's LGBT community. We trust that
their investigation will be fair and complete and we await the
results. As we consider the possible impetus for this horrific
attack we are reminded more than ever why fairness is vital in our