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Gay Couple Beaten in Bloody Attack in Asheville, NC: VIDEO


A gay Charlotte couple was attacked on the street in Asheville, North Carolina, WBTV reports:

Mark Little and his partner, Dustin Martin, visited Asheville a few weekends ago. The couple say they were walking down the street when people in a passing car began harassing them. Little told WBTV, when they asked the people to stop, a passenger jumped from the car and attacked them. Little says he and his partner are concerned police aren't taking the crime seriously.

North Carolina's hate crimes law does not cover sexual orientation.


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  1. Wait, was it Asheville or Charlotte? Those are completely different parts of the state.

    Posted by: NaughtyLola | Oct 12, 2012 10:42:10 AM

  2. Actually, it was a gay couple FROM Charlotte attacked IN Asheville. They weren't attacked in Charlotte.

    Posted by: anthony | Oct 12, 2012 10:42:17 AM

  3. Yeah, probably worth updating the headline to reflect the facts.

    Posted by: CJ | Oct 12, 2012 10:46:20 AM

  4. How were they acting, what was being said? It is always reprehensible when people are hurt for their sexual orientation, and a lot of other things, but you don't provoke the lion in his den.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Oct 12, 2012 11:00:41 AM

  5. And Asheville is supposedly one of the 'gay friendly' places in NC.

    Posted by: PJW | Oct 12, 2012 11:03:39 AM

  6. How were they acting??? Is that a question, seriously? So, if a heterosexual couple is in midtown Atlanta or in Chelsea acting "too straight," we get to beat the f#€k out of them? Or, a Jewish guy looking too Jewish? A Saudi? A Jesus fish on a car and we are allowed to key it and slice the tires? Gimme a break!

    Posted by: Jayhawk | Oct 12, 2012 11:24:16 AM

  7. @JAYHAWK: Don't feed the troll. UFFDA id just JASON/RICK. In his world the "effeminate gay guy" brought it upon himself.

    Posted by: BETTY | Oct 12, 2012 11:30:56 AM

  8. Here we go with blame the victim again. I could care less if these guys were actually "FLAMING" as they were walking down the street, no one deserves to be harmed

    Posted by: WayneMPLS | Oct 12, 2012 11:45:45 AM

  9. This is just so terrible. It's disgusting. Even more disgusting is that their actions are now coming into question. I'm sure the couple wasn't "acting" any way but just being themselves, which is legal. It's so important to know how the victim was "acting." "Excuse me ma'am, where you 'acting' like you wanted to be raped by that guy passing you in a car?" Really now....come on.

    Posted by: Mary | Oct 12, 2012 11:59:53 AM

  10. NC, the state that inflicted Jesse Helms on the nation for decades, is, like its neighbor to the south, pretty much a cesspool when it comes to inbred mouth breathers and homohaters. Those guys are lucky they didn't end up with broken bones and comas.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Oct 12, 2012 12:07:49 PM

  11. Where's the black eye or busted nose? All we see is blood on his face. Most of the "bashings" I've seen, there more hurt to the victim than what we see in this video/picture. Fooled once, shame on us, fooled as many times as we have been, shame on them. The more these stories are faked, the cynical we become.
    If this actually happened, then I'll be the first to apologize to the victims.
    If not, then it's just one reason to not trust us gays.

    Posted by: Cynical Curt | Oct 12, 2012 12:08:25 PM

  12. Whenever I acted like an effeminate gay man who hangs out with blacks and Lady Gaga I was beaten so if they were doing that they they deserved it.

    All in favor of me suffocating myself?

    Posted by: UFFDA-Rick-Jason | Oct 12, 2012 12:16:31 PM

  13. @CYNICAL CURT. The pic was obviously taken very soon after the attack. Black eyes can take a good while to show up. No, you should offer the couple an apology NOW. There is no reason not to believe them.

    Now, if it turns out that they are lying, I'll be the first one to call foul. Until then, anyone who says they were attacked and looks like this guy, deserves every bit of the sympathy and empathy I can give them.

    Posted by: fritzrth | Oct 12, 2012 12:48:04 PM

  14. Concealed carry. It's legal in NC.

    Posted by: Jack | Oct 12, 2012 1:00:20 PM

  15. "I'm sure the couple wasn't "acting" any way but just being themselves, which is legal"

    Then how in the world would people randomly passing by them in a moving automobile have known they were gay in the first place, assuming that this really was the motive for the attack?

    Just looking at the guy's face, I wouldn't be able to tell he is gay....and certainly not from a distance and from inside a moving vehicle......

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 12, 2012 1:08:22 PM

  16. @ UFFDA :

    I had a comment, but I deleted it on the above advice , not to feed trolls.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 12, 2012 1:30:46 PM

  17. yes, the witness says he was attacked......and this is the anniversary of the death of Matthew Shepherd, we should not be second guessing's still going on.......and we need to be united.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Oct 12, 2012 1:35:56 PM

  18. Onnyjay : The state that also gave us John Edwards, Quinn Matney, and Mike Nifong.

    Posted by: Yupp | Oct 12, 2012 1:48:36 PM

  19. @fritzrth. Um, did we watch the same video? Did you see the interview portion? Not a scratch on his face. Where are the bandages for the cuts? Where did all that blood come from? If this happened as recent as the story/video claims, he sure heals fast. I'm not saying people don't get attacked, I'm just saying that we've been fooled many times before and I'd hate for this to be another one of those times. If this story proves to be false, it's just one more incident that paints the gay community as a bunch of queens that like to cry wolf. Like we really need THIS kind of attention.
    So once again, if this turns out to be true, THEN I will aplogize. Until then, I'm not going to get all up in arms and form a posse and go looking for the assailants.
    Also, I'm a grown adult. You, nor anyone else gets to tell me when I need to apologize to anyone. Ever.

    Posted by: Cynical Curt | Oct 12, 2012 1:57:22 PM

  20. Always believe the victims unless you have substantial evidence not to. Asheville basically split 50/50 on marriage equality in the spring so it isn't as liberal as one may's still North Carolina. The vagueness of this story and the fact the suspects didn't come forward for weeks makes this a bit sketchy, though.

    Homophobia exists on major level everywhere, especially with teens and young adults desperate for approval and insecure. Things are improving but we haven't won yet.

    Posted by: Francis | Oct 12, 2012 2:05:27 PM

  21. The whites in North Carolina are horrible, and the blacks are worse. On homosexual issues and others. That said, and even though it very well might have happened, those who say "wait and see" before believing any claim of gaybashing are the wiser ones. There have been both real ones and frauds, lately.

    Posted by: Yupp | Oct 12, 2012 2:22:03 PM

  22. Here's a more detailed news package from Asheville's ABC affiliate.

    Posted by: Tony | Oct 12, 2012 2:49:11 PM

  23. "...when they asked the people [in the car] to stop..."

    WTF? Why would ANYONE do that?

    There's no way in hell I'd ask someone who is verbally harassing me from a moving car stop.

    They didn't deserve what happened, but people, please be careful what you're doing out there. No reason to tempt fate.

    Posted by: johnny | Oct 12, 2012 2:56:32 PM

  24. Thank you, Tony. A lot more details with that link/video.

    Very sad story and the police response seems weak. That is always the litmus test for whether an area is legitimately gay accepting. If the city go to bat for their gay citizens or not. Also reading hate crimes have been occurring quite often in the Asheville area. The gays and allies need to take back the streets in Asheville. And we all need to be ready to bash back whenever in a threatening situation.

    Posted by: Francis | Oct 12, 2012 3:43:42 PM

  25. True, Francis. If you're a male couple who demands the harrassing people stop their car, don't stand for it when one guy gets out and beats up the two of you.

    Posted by: Yupp | Oct 12, 2012 3:50:02 PM

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