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Gainesville-Area Man Assaulted in Homophobic Attack

A 31-year-old man was attacked by two men who yelled anti-gay epithets on the night of September 3 outside the Westend Package Bar in Newberry, Florida, the North Florida Herald reports:

Newberry "The Gainesville man, a 31-year-old white male, was badly beaten after several people questioned his sexual orientation, [Officer Steve] Maynard said. Two men punched the victim in the face and then broke a beer bottle on his head, according to the police report. The men proceeded to kick the victim once he had fallen down and was unresponsive. The attack was unprovoked, Maynard said. Initial reports, which include interviews with eyewitnesses, show that two men jumped on the victim and beat the man while calling him derogatory names related to being a homosexual. That qualifies the crime to be a hate crime, which enhances the severity of the charges.

Police have enough evidence to arrest one of the suspects, William Dennis Bracewell III, 37, of Trenton, who is believed to be in the Newberry or Trenton area. The other suspect, who has not yet been named, may also face charges Maynard said."

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  1. Hey MIKE Huckabee, how many more gays need to be up bashed to be consider a hate crime group? Asshole

    Posted by: DairyQueen | Sep 11, 2009 3:16:06 PM

  2. There but for the grace of God go I. This could have been ANY one of us. I propose a movement to encourage LGBT to consider a mass martial arts training initiative.

    Posted by: Todd | Sep 11, 2009 3:18:31 PM

  3. As awful as this is, there are some positive signs: police office being appropriate; eye-witnesses coming forward; at least one arrest.

    Hopefully speedy physical and mental recovery for the victim.

    Posted by: David R. | Sep 11, 2009 3:27:23 PM

  4. You can already take a martial arts class, or even better, a gun safety/training class.

    Bottom line:

    Every gay man and woman needs to be armed to the teeth.

    Posted by: Attmay | Sep 11, 2009 3:58:08 PM

  5. RELIGION strikes again. The root of all homophobia and bigotry is religion. Religion made homosexuality "wrong," until we change THAT, we will NEVER be EQUAL.

    Posted by: Andrew | Sep 12, 2009 4:05:07 PM

  6. didn't happen this way! this is a bogus story to incite pro-gay agenda! To all who keep writing in about your poor gay brothers! the guy beaten is not gay and in fact does not like gay people him self! So shutty!

    Posted by: Joe | Oct 26, 2009 11:04:20 AM

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