Mesquite lesbian brutally beaten defending girlfriend’s son from bullying


Sondra Scarber via WFAA

A lesbian is still recovering from a brutal beating that happened last week while addressing a parent about her girlfriend’s son being bullied.

Sondra Scarber went to the playground at Mesquite’s Seabourn Elementary with her girlfriend, Hillary Causey, and Causey’s 4-year-old son. After other kids began pushing him around, Scarber spoke to a father to address the issue.

But when the father realized Scarber was a lesbian and the two were a couple, she said he became enraged and began to beat her, calling her homophobic slurs.

“When he walked up thinking it was father and mom with the kid, he wasn’t as angry, but then when he figured out it was a female, he got like super pissed, and I don’t know why,” Causey told WFAA. “He was like, ‘Well if you think you’re a man… I’m going to treat you like a man,’” Causey told WFAA. “All she kept saying was, ‘I’m a female. I’m a female.” She never even had time to take her hands out of pockets to try and block herself.”

Scarber’s jaw is wired shut and her face is badly bruised. But Mesquite police haven’t caught the man responsible and told WFAA they don’t consider the assault a hate crime because the bullying among children was the reason behind it.

But the women insist it was hate crime because the father only became upset once he realized they were two women raising a son together.

The father is described as a black man, about 5’7”, who weighs 185 pounds. He was wearing a royal blue T-shirt and jeans and was driving an early 2000’s silver Chevrolet Impala with temporary tags.

Watch the report below and read the statement issued by Resource Center Dallas, calling on Mesquite police to investigate the incident as a hate crime:

—  Dallasvoice

Anti-gay hate crimes doubled in Dallas in 2011; city saw highest number in TX

Dallas is the city that reported the most hate crimes in Texas based on sexual orientation bias, according to new a report released by the FBI.

Dallas reported 10 anti-gay hate crimes in 2011 Hate Crime Statistics report, which is double the number reported in 2010. It also had three hate crimes based on race, two on religion and one on ethnicity. The report only tracks hate crimes that were reported to police.

Houston had six crimes based on sexual orientation bias, four for race and three for religion, while Fort Worth came in third with four for sexual orientation, five for race, three for religion and four for ethnicity.

Dallas and Fort Worth both reported five hate crime based on sexual orientation for the FBI’s 2010 statistics. Houston topped the list that year with six.

Texas saw a jump from 39 hate crimes based on anti-gay bias in 2010 to 49 in the category in 2011. Racial hate crimes saw a decline from 85 to 56 reported crimes, while religion stayed at 19 and disability at 1. Crimes against ethnicity bias declined slightly from 30 to 27.

Nationally, there were 6,216 single‑bias incidents. Of those, 46.9 percent were motivated by a racial bias, 20.8 percent were motivated by a sexual‑orientation bias, 19.8 percent were motivated by a religious bias, 11.6 percent were motivated by an ethnicity bias and .9 percent were motivate by bias against a disability.

Hate crimes with a sexual orientation bias were up by 19.3 percent from 2010 national figures.

—  Dallasvoice