Drag Out Hate Rally Held In Response To Assault

By: Joe Chiodo, Alex Hassel Email
By: Joe Chiodo, Alex Hassel Email

A rally was held Saturday afternoon in Omaha's Old Market in response to what police are calling a hate crime.

Hundreds participated in a "Drag Out Hate" march. Many dressed in drag and carried signs in support of the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community.

WOWT 6 News was first to report about Ryan Langenegger, a Marine corporal who was assaulted by three men last Saturday night when he came to the aid of two gay friends, Josh Foo and Jacob Gellinger, who were harassed while eating at a PepperJax restaurant.

Langenegger said the men made threatening remarks to Jacob, who was in drag. They left the restaurant to avoid confrontation, but the men followed, prevented them from getting to their car and punched Langenegger in the face. He suffered bruises, two chipped teeth and a giant gash on his forehead, but said taking the punch was worth it to stick up for his friends.

"I see this happen all the time with my friends and it’s really sickening. It’s 2013, we live in Omaha, a lot of people don’t realize that this stuff is going on and it's just not right and I'm just not going to stand by and watch my friends and pretty much family get degraded. It's just not right."

The suspects have not been found. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 402-444-7867.

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