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Gay Texas Student Attacked for Wearing High Heels, Links it to Trump Win

Tuesday November 15, 2016

A gay student from Texas State says he was attacked for wearing high heels as he left a bar in San Marcos, Texas Saturday night, My Statesman reports.

Alejandro Camina says a thin, white man used a gay slur towards him before beating him when he left the Stonewall Warehouse bar and headed back home to his dorm around 1 a.m.

Authorities are currently investigating the incident. According to a police report obtained by My Statesman, officers who responded to a call found Camina holding his nose and noticed swelling and bruising to his face.

Camina said his attacker was about 5'6" with blond facial hair and was wearing a grey tank top.

Camina took to Instagram to recall the attack, posting a photo of himself with a bloody nose.

"I just experienced a hate crime first hand," he wrote. "I was walking home from the Stonewall Warehouse bar alone and this guy was calling me out for wearing heels. He kept on asking why I was wearing heels and then he punched me so hard, I fell to the ground."

Camina added that the attacker fled the scene and connected the attack to Donald Trump being elected president.

"Too many bad things have been going on all over the U.S since Trump got elected president. It was bad before, but now it's worse," he wrote. "You hear about all these hate crimes and acts of bigotry happening and never would you think it would happen to you. I am lucky to be alive."

My Statesman reports the local LGBTQ community has been rallying around Camina with Stonewall Warehouse's popular drag queen Chitah Daniels Kennedy organizing a community meeting to address the incident. More than 100 people attended, including a Texas State police officer who offered tips on how to stay safe.

"The first meeting was initially just to talk about some practical safety concerns, and I also wanted to let people have a forum to let people talk about their concerns and fears and sadness and anger," Kennedy, a mentor to up-and-coming drag queens, including Camina, told the newspaper.

Camina launched a GoFundMe page to cover his medical expenses. As of this writing, he surpassed his $500 goal, earning over $1,300. Click here to donate.

Check out Camina's full Instagram post below.