Two Chicago women were attacked and robbed late Saturday night for being a gay couple in what police are calling a hate crime. The two women, who have not been named, were pinned against a car while as many as 10 men took turns punching and kicking them while shouting gay slurs.
“It was punches, kicks, everything being thrown at us,” said one of the women, 23. “We just held each other until somebody said, ‘Here comes the police.’ I didn’t think we were going to make it out.”
Terry Glover, 24, has been charged with two counts of felony hate crime and two counts of felony robbery. He is being held on $1 million bail and police are still searching for the other suspects.
Prior to the attack, the women had been walking in the neighborhood when one of the woman's masculine dress prompted some men to start saying anti-gay slurs. Her girlfriend tried to step in, but it was no use, The Chicago Tribune reported.
As the couple continued on their way, one of the men who had been slurring them began following them. He continued to shout insults and began to dare them to fight.
“Tell your b---- to stop looking at me,” the man said.
Things escalated to the point where he punched one of the women and the attack began in earnest.
After being treated at a local hospital, one of the women addressed the situation.
“It really shouldn’t matter who I like or who I love,” she said. “I should be able to walk the streets wherever I want to go and talk to whoever I want to talk to.”