Wesley Woods And Friend Victims Of Violent Anti-Gay Hate Crime In West Hollywood

Posted August 10, 2018 by with 56 comments

Screen Shot 2018-08-10 at 1.30.16 PMPerformer Wesley Woods and his best friend were violently attacked by a group of anti-gay white men in West Hollywood—that’s right, West Hollywood—earlier this week while simply walking down the street, and it’s a reminder that homophobic violence and hate crimes can and do still happen everywhere, even in 2018, and even in West Hollywood. Wesley is OK now, and he’s shared the below video to raise awareness and remind others to stay safe.

We’ve reached out to Wesley Woods to learn if police have had any luck in finding or arresting the attackers, and will update this post as more details become available.

  • Svenne

    So sad. I hope he and his friend recover physically and mentally!

  • Kanaka

    Wesley is my favorite. I’m glad he’s ok. Thanks Trump.

  • RaJ

    It’s a shame that grown ass men can be so bothered by how someone else is living life that they feel the need to respond with violence. The more things change….

    Be safe out there guys! Most importantly, learn how to protect yourselves.

  • Doctor Fate

    With the current state of affairs in this country. People should consider taking up self-defense. It doesn’t matter if it’s karate, TaeKwonDo, jujitsu, etc. just something so that when you’re backed in corner, you can defend yourself if need be.

    I hope this doesn’t come off as me victim-blaming, I just want to make sure people can make it home when we go out.

    Hope they find the evil shits. Stay safe everyone.

  • Scrapple

    My conspiracy theorist side is wondering if the attackers were masquerading as anti-gay punks when really they attacked because Wesley is friends with Sylvia. That seems way out there, but given how angry people were about that bi scene at Men, nothing would surprise me.

  • Kevin Jones

    What happened to Wesley Woods was so messed up but at the same time it seems that incidents like this are becoming more common in America after Trump took office.

    • Kraterus

      Is that really the case? I think that Trump’s victory is symptomatic of a more general shift towards the right in American society, rather than its direct cause. As a consequence, it is normal that when more conservative values emerge (and some radical groups that had been working in the fringes of the political establishment, manage to come to the forefront) things like these would become more common or at least, be reported more frequently because vulnerable groups are less willing to give up their rights without a fight.

      Also, the media isn’t controlled by certain interest groups anymore, and information can easily be released through the internet and reach millions of people in a few seconds – hiding things like these, which happened a lot in the past regardless of who was in power, is much more difficult nowadays.

      So yes, sorry that this happened to him, but I don’t think that Trump is directly responsible for any of this, but rather the ultimate consequence of conservative values becoming more appealing to a large part of the population.

      • gypsum

        No, there is no general rightward shift to the county… all trends are pointing left on social issues, save for the racists, misogynists, Islamophobes, homophobes, and bigots who feel unchained by Trump’s hateful rhetoric. This is their time to shine, and they’ll spend it hurting whomever they fear. Sit tight, folks… this won’t last forever.

        • n24rc

          Zealotry is the problem. NO one is morally pure and if they pretend to do so, then they are full of shit.

        • Maximus

          I’m having a hard time being optimistic. Between gerrymandering, voter suppression, state TV (Fox News), fake news, Russian interference, and civic apathy, the odds are stacked against us.

  • Dot Beech

    Feel better, Wesley. You’re my fave!

  • Trepakprince

    This is why I carry protection.

  • n24rc

    This is the reason I want to carry a gun. I’m pro control, but this shit pisses me off. Larger groups of bigots roaming around thinking they can attack anyone without repercussions. People need to stay in their lane, if they don’t like gay people don’t go to “gay spaces.”

  • gaycuckhubby

    Hey Zach… did you ever get any updates on Jessie Colter’s attempted murder at the hand of white supremicists? Any statement by police? Or police reports?

  • Cosmic

    I’m far from a fan but this shouldn’t happen to anyone.