San Francisco police are investigating yet another hate crime that occurred while people partied for Gay Pride, this one involving a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, the well-known group of queer nuns who, among other things, host the annual Pink Saturday event on Gay Pride weekend.
According to Officer Albie Esparza, the unidentified Sister was taking donations for the Pink Saturday event with her husband at the 18th and Castro streets entrance when a group of men and one woman walked up to her and spewed homophobic remarks her way.
The verbal assault then turned physical when the group began throwing punches at the victim.
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While two of the men attacked the Sister, a third person began beating her husband, Esparza says. The attackers fled the scene, leaving the victims with head and face injuries, according to police.
"The Department is investigating it as a hate crime, because it's believed that the attack was based on sexual orientation," Esparza says.
Information about the incident was posted on the Stop the Violence campaign Facebook page, as well as a photo of the Sister who was attacked, hoping it would help police and the public track down the attackers.
If this triggers your memory of the attack, please contact the police (see below) or Castro Patrol (firstname.lastname@example.org) to help the police find the culprits. Our Sister have given her blessing to show her photos from the event. This was our Sister that was attacked on Pink Saturday. Hopefully seeing who we are talking about and how she was dressed at the time will jog somebody's memory. Both received some injuries and are naturally very shaken by the whole incident, but fortunately neither required hospitalization.
If you witnessed this incident, or if you have photographs or video of the incident, please contact Mission Police Station. We want to work with investigators to assist them in identifying the suspects and bringing them to justice.
The suspects were described as the following:
White man, between the ages of 18 and 25, with long hair in a pony tail;
Hispanic male between the ages of 18 and 25, with long hair in a pony tail;
Black female between the ages of 18 and 25;
Hispanic male, between 18 and 25, also with long hair that was pulled in a pony tail.
It's the second instance of gay bashing reported over Gay Pride weekend. Yesterday, police said two females, ages 24 and 17, were attacked on Saturday night while walking along Ninth and Mission streets. In that incident, a group of men walked up to the women, said homophobic slurs while beating the victims. Both were taken to San Francisco General Hospital where one was treated for face lacerations and the second was treated for a broken wrist.
No arrests have been made in either case, police say.
Anyone with information about these incidents is asked to contact SFPD at (415)575-4444.