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Third Gay Man Attacked in Salt Lake City in Two Weeks

Yet another anti-gay attack has been reported in the Salt Lake City area. A gay man has been attacked while taking out the garbage at the hair salon where he works after being ambushed at the back of the business. He crawled back into the salon after being attacked and co-workers found him there, KSL reports.

Metropolitansalon Q Salt Lake reports:

A 32-year-old man was attacked in American Fork early Thursday morning by three assailants who shouted gay slurs and the case is being investigated as a possible hate-motivated crime, said Sgt. Gregg Ludlow. The attack occurred between 12:30 and 1 a.m. on Thursday around the area of Center Street and 100 North in American Fork. Cameron Nelson was taken to the Insta Care where he was treated for minor injuries and released, Ludlow said. The attackers called Nelson a ‘faggot,’ along with other slurs, he said. Nelson told the Salt Lake Tribune he was taking out the trash at a hair salon where he works when he was attacked. Nelson, who is gay, said he believes he was assaulted because of his sexuality.

Nelson received a broken nose in the attack, according to FOX 13.

Q Salt Lake adds:

Nelson could not describe all of his attackers, but police are looking for one suspect who is about 5 feet 10 inches tall, has shoulder-length brown hair and was wearing cut off pants and combat boots. Anyone with information is asked to call the American Fork Police Department at (801) 763-3020.

Nelson's attack is the third attack on gay men in the last two weeks:

Dane Hall, 20, was assaulted by four men as he left a club. The suspects repeatedly punched Hall and stomped the side of his head. His cheekbone was shattered and he lost six teeth.

In the other assault, a group of men broke into a gay man’s apartment near 33 W. 200 South and beat up his boyfriend.

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  1. American Fork isn't Salt Lake City. It's a hick town 35 miles away.

    Posted by: Feisty | Sep 9, 2011 8:33:00 AM


  2. Jeez, the Salt Lake City area must be the blackest place in america to be going through all of these anti-gay attacks...

    oh wait...

    Posted by: Chitown Kev | Sep 9, 2011 11:05:12 AM


  3. While I'm incredibly freaked out about the upsurge in anti-gay violence in Utah, I have to note that the most recent attack was NOT in the Salt Lake City area. American Fork is adjacent to Provo, in a different valley.

    It is alarming that we're starting to see patterns of violence targeting gay people in Utah, and perhaps more alarming that the attacks are spread out enough to suspect multiple groups of attackers.

    Posted by: slignot | Sep 9, 2011 11:06:41 AM


  4. Feisty's right, American Fork isn't Salt Lake. Anyone who's openly gay in American Fork is certainly very brave. It's brave to be open in SLC, even braver in these small Mormon towns.

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