This story rattles me to my core. A Minneapolis television anchor is recovering from injuries sustained from an attack by a man who thought he was a homosexual. Back on May 12th, Matt Belanger was at a light rail station when a man, now identified as Vennie Jerome Williams allegedly threw an object at him, hitting his left eye.
It’s possible Belanger could lose vision in the eye as a result from the attack. He’s got to remain upright at all time – and is supposed to stay as immobile as possible. He addressed fans and supporters from home via Facebook. Belanger says he’s “deeply grateful” for the outpouring of support he received from across the country and at home. “I miss you all,” he notes. “I’ll be back very soon.”
As for Williams, he was arrested on May 15th and has since been charged with third-degree assault and harassment with intent to injure. He faces a maximum of five years in prison for each charge as well as a $10,000 fine.
Stories like this genuinely make me concern for my safety. I’ve certainly had people say really awful things to me, to my face and online, but never an elevated action of violence. The truth to this matter is that these sort of violent situations happen often to members of the LGBTQ community.
Source: NBC News