Omaha Man Punched after Standing up for Gay Friends


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Omaha Man Punched after Standing up for Gay Friends

By Meghan Matthews. CREATED Oct 28, 2013

Omaha, NE - "I don't remember much after the actual hit."

Ryan Langenegger has a bad gash on his forehead and two chipped teeth. An injury he says, worth the cause.

"Because it happens all the time and I see the effects of what it does to them and it's not right."
Out with two of his gay friends in the Old Market Saturday night, they decided to grab a bite at PepperJax Bar and Grill.
Inside a group of three guys started to verbally harass his friends. Ryan said, to avoid confrontation they left PepperJax.
The three men followed them outside.
"My friend then said, yes, I know I'm a boy in a dress. After that he said, "yes I know", some "colorful words" and disgusting. I said hey guys, we're not looking for any trouble, just trying to get home. Just trying to get home", said Langenegger.
Ryan stepped forward and tried to stop the incident. Instead he took a hard blow to the face.
"It's sad, it's really sad, disgusting. It just makes no sense this day and age and in Omaha, for all of this stuff to still be happening and out in the streets."
Josh Foo and Jacob Gellinger were with Ryan that night.
"Being called a name, you know I'm not, it's not new to me. I wish that wouldn't happen."
"With getting called names, you know we're all adults, but still it's a little bit of a sting. We're not really doing anything for our community if we just let that continue to happen."
They say Saturday's incident is a wake up call for the Omaha community and they hope more will follow in Ryan's footsteps and stand up to do the right thing.