Student Attacked Over Gay Rights Shirt: Georgetown

The student was perceived to be gay because a shirt she was wearing

By Matthew Stabley
|  Saturday, Oct 31, 2009  |  Updated 2:36 PM EDT
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Georgetown Student Attacked Over Gay Rights Shirt

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Georgetown Student Attacked Over Gay Rights Shirt

Georgetown University campus police say a female student was attacked by two men while she wore a pro-gay rights T-shirt Tuesday. Other students rallied against the attack Friday, some saying they too could have been victimized.
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WASHINGTON -- Two men allegedly attacked a Georgetown student because they thought she was a lesbian, according to the university's Department of Public Safety.

The student was perceived to be gay because of the gay rights shirt she was wearing when she was verbally and physically Tuesday night near the campus entrance on Canal Road, officials said.

She told public safety the men directed derogatory insults at her and blocked her way. They allegedly took her book bag, struck her upper body, pushed her to the ground and then struck her with the book bag.

The student suffered minor injuries that did not require treatment.

"As Georgetown's LGBTQ & Allied student organization, Georgetown University Pride expresses our deepest regret that a member of our community has been targeted in a discriminatory manner," GU Pride said in a statement released Thursday.

The group applauded the victim's use of the school's bias reporting tool and the university's quick action in alerting the campus about the attack.

D.C. police are investigating.

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