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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. I hate to point out the obvious, but I think the request to 'stop' was probably to please stop harassing us, rather than please stop the car......

    Posted by: BillinSonoma | Oct 12, 2012 4:01:27 PM

  2. Bill : You know..? I'll admit you might be right about that one.

    Posted by: Yupp | Oct 12, 2012 4:05:47 PM

  3. "I hate to point out the obvious, but I think the request to 'stop' was probably to please stop harassing us, rather than please stop the car......"

    Yep, and that undoubtedly explains why the guy got out of the car and started beating them up.

    Instead of standing strong and telling him to GTH or GFY or something to that effect, which would have been a warning to him not to mess with them because they would fight back if he did.......they demonstrated weakness by saying "Stop it" or "Please leave us alone".....and it is precisely that weakness that sets straight guys off in such situations....

    As I have pointed out time and again, incidents like this are invariably "masculinity tests" and violence typically only ensues when the verbal "test" is "failed" by the gay men in question.....which, unfortunately, it usually is, since most gay men are not confidently masculine and so don't know how to behave as such......

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 12, 2012 4:13:56 PM

  4. I think when he asked the homophobes to stop... I took it as stop harassing us/leave us alone. Just my take on it. I live in NC and Asheville is quite progressive. As well as Charlotte, RDU, GSO and W.S.

    Posted by: Bryson | Oct 12, 2012 4:23:07 PM

  5. I have no penis.

    Posted by: Rick | Oct 12, 2012 4:25:31 PM

  6. and yet, Rick, you cannot show us all this supposedly Masculine Example Of A Man that you claim to be.

    thus, you obviously aren't one.

    you demonstrate weakness and cowardice every day by being utterly unable to put a face to your comments.

    it's hilariously ironic. the closeted coward who doesn't have the balls to show his face online who pretend he's intimidating in the real life.

    i call your bluff, sugarpie ;-)

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 12, 2012 4:27:52 PM

  7. I have family in Asheville and visit there often because it's such a great place. It's an idyllic little city populated by designers, artists and local craftspeople. It's loaded with great restaurants, galleries, several very friendly gay bars, and has a large gay population. Its tragic to see this sort of thing happening there.

    While there are obvious problems, please don't categorize it as a redneck southern city. It's nothing like that.

    Posted by: Dave J | Oct 12, 2012 4:32:12 PM

  8. truly - to the "those guys were wimps" posters: prove you're not one.

    let's see who you are.

    ten bucks says you dont' have the balls.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Oct 12, 2012 4:37:52 PM

  9. Asheville proper definitely isn't a hick town, but the reality is it's surrounded by homophobes, Asheville only voted 51% against Amendment One, and there appears to be a hate crime issue in the area. If you live in a state and area you know is more vulnerable, you have to be on guard at every moment. That goes for everyone, anywhere, but especially gays in the South, Midwest, and anywhere alone at night. Be careful. Because 80% of the time police will do nothing.

    Posted by: Francis | Oct 12, 2012 5:22:41 PM

  10. But NC, Francis, sucks especially, as a state. (John

    Posted by: Yupp | Oct 12, 2012 5:54:18 PM

  11. BTW : Notice that other news sources on this story, including gay sources, say that the N.C. couple "claims" or "says" they were assaulted. Smarter.

    Posted by: Yupp | Oct 12, 2012 5:59:17 PM

  12. Rick : You're correct about these kinds of situtions being masculinity tests, and although I'd be personally mortified to go public with "One guy beat up me and my male friend..waahh..." I do hate the thought of living in a Might=Right society. Especially since there are all kinds of variations with physical confrontations : health, size, strength, aggression, age, skill...and some guys who just don't LIKE to fight (Pacifists) so.....

    Posted by: Yupp | Oct 12, 2012 6:04:47 PM

  13. It doesn't matter if the state has no hate crimes law. If a hate crime is suspected, federal charges can be laid. That's the whole point of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, to drag backward states into the 21st century.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 12, 2012 6:33:59 PM

  14. For every incident that's reported, there's like half a dozen that aren't...

    Posted by: "The Gay" | Oct 12, 2012 7:48:12 PM

  15. @Johnny: I interpreted what I read to mean "stop" harrassing, NOT "stop" the car.

    Posted by: CM | Oct 12, 2012 9:07:50 PM

  16. Isn't NC a "conceal and carry" state? Maybe it's time for the targets of hate crimes to start packin' and turn the tables on these hillbilly freaks.

    Posted by: boone68 | Oct 13, 2012 2:41:33 AM

  17. Concealed-Carry.

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Oct 13, 2012 4:27:14 AM

  18. @'The Gay',

    More like a DOZEN OR MORE. A huge chunk of crimes such as this [not just a 'gay bashing'] go unreported. Many people, especially in big cities, know it's often generally a waste of time to call police. And police administrators secretly like this also, because it [on paper] lowers the crime rate, and makes them look good. Local government, real estate interests, business interests also like the fact many crimes go un-reported.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 13, 2012 8:36:17 AM

  19. Gay people that live in red states need to take advantage of state gun laws. They need to learn how to use a gun, get the required permits, and then if allowed, they should always carry a gun when permissible. If attacked, in self defense, you should shoot for the head and then call the FBI, forget local police, a lot of them are pigs.

    Posted by: hornlongjohn | Oct 13, 2012 9:47:33 AM

  20. Shoot at the torso, it of course is the easiest and biggest target. It's quite difficult to target someone's head, especially when there's movement involved. Likewise, it's very difficult to deliberately target someone's hand, etc. When some people ask why didn't police just shoot a suspect in the hand instead of their body, I laugh. They've been conditioned by TV, movies, video games [not all games, some are quite realistic.]

    Posted by: ratbastard | Oct 13, 2012 10:52:25 AM

  21. @HornlongJohn:

    1) Yes, people should definitely take advantage of carry laws if they feel their lives are at stake. Absolutely, 100%.

    2) People need to know when it is acceptable to shoot or not.

    3)NEVER shoot for the head. Chances of hitting the head even by a good shot, in an attack situation with adrenaline flowing is very low. Always go for 2-3 in center body mass.

    Posted by: Jack | Oct 13, 2012 1:51:42 PM

  22. Maybe it is time that we dont visit NC. Spend no money in or around it. This is mind boggling.

    Posted by: rolland | Oct 17, 2012 6:21:48 PM

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