June 13, 2015 at 12:18 pm EDT | by Steve Charing
Gay man attacked in downtown Baltimore
Steven Lemmerman, hate crime, Baltimore, gay news, Washington Blade

Steven Lemmerman was attacked June 11.

A 25-year-old gay man, Steven Lemmerman, also known by his DJ name DJ Lemz, was attacked along with his partner Stuart Parlier on the corner of Charles and Fayette streets in downtown Baltimore, according to local media reports. They were walking back from a drag show at Soundstage on June 11 when they were attacked.

“We were having a little fun walking back from the show,” Lemmerman told the City Paper in a phone interview. “I was strutting and dancing in the crosswalk when this guy gunned his engine and tried to hit me. I tapped his hood with my palm and he rushed out of the car and went after Stuart first, which means to me that we were targeted for us for strutting across the crosswalk. I think he used the word ‘faggot,’ but it was such a blur.”

Lemmerman described his attacker as being “light skinned” and driving a light “Creamsicle-colored” orange sports car. “He chased me for a bit as I tried to get away and started hitting me,” he told the City Paper. “It was a weird time when no one was around that usually busy intersection so I don’t know of any witnesses.”

Lemmerman said he was hit numerous times in the face, and then the man got in his car and took off. He said he was OK and that it could have been worse. Lemmerman recalled being the victim of a gay bashing three years ago when he hosted a club night at the Get Down in Fells Point.

Noting the impending closing of the Hippo, Lemmerman said, “We need our gay places. It’s really nice to have a safe place. I understand why [gay bars] are closing, but it’s great to be with your community and identify with each other. I see [the bars] as necessary and safe.”

“Central District officers are continuing to investigate this incident as a hate crime,” Det. Jeremy Silbert, a Baltimore City Police Department spokesperson, told the Blade.  Anyone with information is asked to call 410-396-2411.

2 Comments
  • Mayor Bowser and Chief Lanier want to pretend that anti-LGBT hate crimes don’t exist in DC. But they are playing a dangerous game with LGBTQ public safety– by arbitrarily restricting GLLU officers from outreach and education in the very places where LGBT residents and tourists frequent.

    Summer hate crime season has arrived. The mayor’s assault on LGBTQ community policing must end.

    Bring MPD’s GLLU core unit to its prior full strength of EIGHT full-time officers. And stop discriminating against LGBT patrons and LGBT-owned establishments by withholding GLLU patrols and outreach to ABRA(ABC)-licensed businesses.

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    Balto. Hate Crimes…
    “They were walking back from a drag show at Soundstage on June 11 when they were attacked.”

    DC Hate Crimes…
    “Crawley reported in her email that the third incident “originated” inside Town when a victim met a suspect who assaulted and robbed the victim after he left the club and was walking in an undisclosed location. Police listed that incident as a robbery by force and violence. Bailey said police did not inform Town about that incident and he and his staff are skeptical over whether it was actually linked to Town.”
    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/06/10/gay-bar-patrons-targeted-for-robberies-sexual-assault/#sthash.n7Y2zs5g.dpuf

    **Gay police unit may be barred from most LGBT events**
    “At least two activists who saw the email have raised questions about why GLLU officers should suddenly be barred from attending community events that they have routinely attended in the past.” –Blade, 15 April / See more at:
    http://www.washingtonblade.com/2015/04/15/gay-police-unit-may-be-barred-from-most-lgbt-events/#sthash.rBMGRRJG.dpuf

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