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Executive Director of GOProud Attacked in Anti-Gay Assault

Jimmy LaSalvia, the executive director of gay conservative group GOProud, was attacked while on his bicycle by a male teen standing with a group of others. The teen reportedly used an anti-gay slur and punched him as he approached, the Washington Blade reports:

1-Jimmy-LaSalvia “Just as I began to realize what was happening, I heard it. The words are still ringing in my ears as I write this today – ‘F____ faggot!’ LaSalvia said in his email. “It was clear to me in that moment that my sexual orientation had motivated this attack.”

LaSalvia said that after barely catching himself from falling to the ground, he reached into his backpack for his cell phone, with the thought of calling the police. That action prompted one of the teenagers accompanying the attacker to say, “Does he have a gun?” LaSalvia told the Blade.

The attacker and a few of the others with him “puffed up their chests and were clearly ready to continue the attack,” he said. But seconds later, the group fled the scene after he kept his hand inside his backpack, “allowing them to wonder if I was reaching for a gun.”

LaSalvia told the Blade that he planned to file a police report and had visited the headquarters office of the police Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit but was unable to do so there and was directed to call another office.

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  1. Glad he's okay.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 19, 2011 1:13:28 PM


  2. Let's hope this changes his mind about the need for protection for gays and lesbians under the law.

    Posted by: JT | Jul 19, 2011 1:14:38 PM


  3. Any word on whether he applied to join the gang?

    Posted by: Nick | Jul 19, 2011 1:15:23 PM


  4. Yup teens listening to religiously conservative bigots in his own party...karma. but yes, glad he's ok. now maybe he'll think about joining a more progressive party on social issues.

    Posted by: Todd | Jul 19, 2011 1:15:24 PM


  5. Hey Jimmy, why don't you and Chrissy go skip over to Michele Bachmann's - Im SURE she'll be More then Happy to Help you.

    Posted by: Gay American | Jul 19, 2011 1:16:01 PM


  6. I bet the slur came from a bigoted republican-raised kids.

    When you lie down with dogs...

    Posted by: dms | Jul 19, 2011 1:17:26 PM


  7. Protection under the law will not avoid this. There are many countries where anti-gay violence happens and they have hate crime protections. The only way to avoid this is to learn how to protect ourselves, which means self-defense classes and being armed.

    Posted by: Sarina | Jul 19, 2011 1:17:41 PM


  8. Glad he's okay, but all I could think of when reading this is 'karma'.

    Posted by: Matthew | Jul 19, 2011 1:19:28 PM


  9. How awful! I'm glad he's alright. :(

    Though now I wonder if by making this public, he's guilty of behaving in a "victimized gay" mentality that he and GOProud always blame the gay left for pushing.

    Posted by: luminum | Jul 19, 2011 1:19:28 PM


  10. I call shenanigans. The story is a little too neat, with the pro-gun angle worked in there.

    Posted by: BGKev | Jul 19, 2011 1:20:28 PM


  11. No-one deserves to be attacked for being gay.

    However it's also true that you reap what you sow.

    LaSalvia supports and promotes homophobes.

    Posted by: SteveC | Jul 19, 2011 1:21:54 PM


  12. Something doesn't smell right about this story.

    Posted by: Ted | Jul 19, 2011 1:23:32 PM


  13. How interesting that when he first told the story there was absolutely NO mention of reaching into his backpack or anyone saying "Does he have a gun", then Chrissy Barron Tweets about how he wouldn't have been attacked had he had a gun and then PRESTO CHANGO LaSalvia suddenly remembers a different version of the story.

    These guy really do live in an entirely different universe.

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Jul 19, 2011 1:25:30 PM


  14. when you've spent your life supporting anti-gay politicians and pretending not to hear the harm they inflict you can't then be shocked when you receive the brutality of a violently anti-gay culture.

    this headline might as well read "Man turns on stovetop, touches it and burns fingers"

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 19, 2011 1:25:34 PM


  15. Don't worry Jimmy. Ann Coulter will protect you.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jul 19, 2011 1:28:41 PM


  16. He was just riding his bike home. How exactly did they know he was gay? Was he wearing a Towleroad t-shirt? This was more likely race related than sexual orientation. They just use the word "fag" for anyone they don't like...the way NBA players do.

    Posted by: MLH | Jul 19, 2011 1:30:56 PM


  17. Sorry, the GUN portion of this made up story was juuuust enough to put it over in the BULL*^%$ category (Please see story of Gay Teen on Campus Who Was Forced To Hold A Hot Metal Object Against His Wrist To Brand Him But Really Faked It.

    Thug teens know better than to stand around to see if you have a gun, IDIOT! They don't stand around because they probably have seen people shot up close. So, no, I don't put credit to this story unless you have witnesses that aren't Homo Hating GOProud lackeys.

    Bop Boop!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Jul 19, 2011 1:32:01 PM


  18. Jimmy LaSalvia is a sick and disturbed man. His compulsive lying should make anyone suspect of this story. That is unless you believe Anderson Cooper is an out gay men and not a closet case promoting shame. Then LaSalvia is your man!

    Posted by: HOMOPHOBIA | Jul 19, 2011 1:32:35 PM


  19. Someone took great pains not to contact police immediately, while the assailant was still at the scene. As an aside, I wonder how the thug in the street concluded the victim was gay? Many bikers wear fashion colors and lycra and spandex.

    Posted by: Grego | Jul 19, 2011 1:34:43 PM


  20. Frankly, I don't believe him.

    Posted by: Edward | Jul 19, 2011 1:36:51 PM


  21. Sad if he was indeed attacked. But it's a little funny how he turns this into an infomercial for conceal/carry, gun rights BS.

    Posted by: MrRoboto | Jul 19, 2011 1:36:51 PM


  22. I'm not sure how this is a commercial for concealed carry. He didn't have a gun, and the attackers fled. If he HAD had a gun, he would have killed at least one person. How would that have made the outcome better?

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 19, 2011 1:45:53 PM


  23. I bet the slur came from a bigoted republican-raised kids.
    **********

    And you're wrong, the kid was clearly raised by a bigoted Democratic family. From the article:

    LaSalvia described his attacker as a black male appearing about 17 or 18 years old, about 5 feet 11 inches tall, and weighing about 145 pounds.

    Posted by: AG | Jul 19, 2011 1:56:04 PM


  24. something's not right with this. i call hoax.

    Posted by: alguien | Jul 19, 2011 1:59:07 PM


  25. typical GOProud racist lying nonsense

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 19, 2011 2:02:09 PM


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