When two lesbians told a local TV station they were attacked over Atlanta Pride weekend because they were gay, people reacted with shock and empathy.
How could something so awful happen in Atlanta, much less during Pride weekend?
But when the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department released its report on the incident that happened at about 3:30 a.m. Oct. 13 in front of the W Hotel in Midtown, it raised questions about whether the two women told the whole story when they spoke to Fox 5 reporter Kaitlyn Pratt before the report was released.
Lesbian couple Kathryn Katalinich and Brooke Creef told Fox 5 they were called an anti-gay slur and pushed to the ground by men who also laughed at them.
The two lesbians who said they were victims of a hate crime outside of the W Hotel during Atlanta Pride started the fight by calling one of the alleged assailants, a woman, a "stripper," according to a Fulton County Sheriff's Department report.
The incident, which took place in the early morning hours of Oct. 13, was an apparent fight between drunken revelers who exchanged epithets with each other, according to the police report released today
A Fulton County sheriff's deputy, B. Pride, working at the hotel as a secondary job, stated in the police report said he was asked for assistance to break up a fight on the outdoor patio. Some involved in the incident had fled the scene but the deputy interviewed two women, Kathryn Katalinich and Brooke Creef, both of Atlanta, who said they were beaten up.
Either there are a lot of cool, bawdy moms visiting Atlanta, or the readers of GayCities.com have an odd sense of humor.
GayCities, which bills itself as "the world's largest LGBT community-driven city guide," announced today the winners of its 2010 Best of GayCities awards, as voted by members.
The Atlanta gay male strip club Swinging Richards placed #3 in the section of Best Bars & Clubs for the category of "Take Your Mom." And if your mom likes hot guys dancing mostly for other guys, sure thing.