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.