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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

  23. Some of the comments are horrible. These two men get attacked,and some of you assholes(with obvious internalized homophobia) blame them. NOT ACCEPTABLE.Blame the violent,homophobic culture that IS America. The culprits NEED to be prosecuted and put in prison,where violent thugs belong.If this was you,would you want some people posting similar IGNORANT comments that seem/if not outright excuse such UNACCEPTABLE behavior? I don't think you would.

    Posted by: Padraig | Jul 29, 2014 7:46:56 PM

  24. When I read about a gay (transexuals are mutilated gays/lesbians and they must abolish sex changes) bashing case in the news, I wonder what the view is of the journalist reporting this on homosexuality/lesbianism. I also wonder if the journalist is a homosexual or lesbian and if so, are they setting aside their bias and reporting the news with no problems. I do not trust news that I get from Daily Kos or the Huffington Post on their coverage of gay bashing cases because they predictably make the homosexual look like an innocent victim no matter what wrong the gay does.

    If a defense lawyer in a gay bashing case wants to raise a crime the gay did such as harassment, indecent exposure, stalking, etc. before man reacted violently, then that must be regarded in deciding verdict. I would rather have a case where a jury decides if a man’s reaction to bashing or killing a homosexual is justified or excess vs. the man doesn’t do enough and the gay does something worse to him or the next man and you do not always know what the homosexual did to others before you.

    With gay bashing cases, I have found that gays often harass & or commit assault/battery on teenage boys to men in early 20s & the men react by bashing the gay. Most men and boys who are victims of gays usu. won’t call cops to report that a gay is committing indecent exposure, harassment or in worst cases molestation until some1 reacts violently and bashes the gay. Again I would rather have too much done than not enough in that I would rather have a case where a jury decides if a man’s reaction to bashing or killing a homosexual is justified or excess vs. the man doesn’t do enough and the gay does something worse. Most gay bashings I have found are men reacting to crimes which the homosexual first did such as after a homosexual committed indecent exposure, assault & battery or other crime.

    Posted by: funinsnowfall | Jul 29, 2014 7:59:07 PM

  25. When Stephen Jimenez’s Book of Matt came out in October 2013, the Huffington Post, Daily Kos & others condemned Stephen Jimenez (who is a homosexual journalist) for writing ugly truths about who M.W. Shepard was-mainly a drug dealer or courier. Casper Star Tribune covered the Shepard case and I have talked to 2 of their ex-journalists Kerry A. Drake and JC Marsden (Executive Director of Shepard Foundation)-both men leave out ugly truths on who Metthew Wayne Shepard was and Kerry A. Drake though he no longer works for Tribune along with Tiffany C. Hunt (another former CST Reporter who now runs Big Island Chronicle) continue to leave out the ugly truths of who M.W. Shepard was because their loyalty is to Laramie Project. The last time I spoke with Kerry A. Drake was on April 16, 2014-he was polite. Kerry Alan Drake did not deny what I said when I mentioned the ugly truths Stephen Jimenez found, but when Kerry A. Drake writes his columns about Shepard case, he omits these ugly truths because Kerry A. Drake, JC Marsden and Tiffany C. Hunt are portrayed in Laramie Project and again their loyalty is to Laramie Project. Casper Star Tribune when they covered the Shepard case left out ugly truths of who the victim Methew W. Shepard was. Kerry A. Drake not long after his firing from Casper Star Tribune in 2013 did an ad where he talks of how he has diabetes, had heart surgery and a stroke. What I must wonder is whether Kerry A. Drake’s health problems with diabetes and stroke damaged his thinking because Kerry A. Drake omits ugly truth about Methew W. Shepard molesting 8 year old boys when he was 15 years old in Casper and got counseling. Both JC Marsden & Big Island Chronicle Tiffany Camille Hunt sees nothing wrong with Methew W. Shepard selling drugs and molesting children so their view is rubbish.

    Alyssa Rosenberg got offended by Stephen Jimenez’s book because he told ugly truths of who Methew W. Shepard was. I think in her mind Alyssa Rosenberg knows that’s the ugly truth but she hates this. The people who give Stephen Jimenez 1 star usually did not read the book or if they did, they hate what he wrote. Most people who have read Stephen Jimenez’s book give him 4 or 5 stars-I would give him 4 stars. Judy L. Shepard does exploit her son for $. Judy L. Shepard leaves out ugly truths of her son molesting 2 neighborhood 8 year old boys when he was 15 years old which he got counseling for. Judy L. Shepard sees nothing wrong with her son molesting 8 year old boys and she is biased source. Judy L. Shepard earns anywhere from $5,000 to $20,000 per speech. Judy L. Shepard’s interest is to profit from her son’s 1998 killing. Judy L. Shepard and M.W. Shepard’s friend Romaine Patterson both wrote books about him. The last 2 also had interest to make money and since they are his mom and friend, they are biased and bias meddles with facts. The Shepard Foundation is a propaganda group whose main interest is to push an agenda and to make money. Laramie Project’s interest is to make $. Shannon Singleton who is portrayed in Laramie Project has said that Laramie Project said wrong things.

    But why Methew W. Shepard was killed and the murder case itself- only some of the book is about the murder. Alot of the book is about Methew W. Shepard’s drug junkyism. We do know that Methew W. Shepard going into bars such as Tornado, Public, Ranger, Library & other bars where drugs were sold and that he associated with drug dealers is not disputable. We also know that Methew W. Shepard was having $ problems (spending so much on limosuine rides in Doc O’ Connor’s limousine) that it can easily be that he sold drugs and or was a courier-Methew W. Shepard would not be the first junky to sell drugs. But Methew W. Shepard associating with drug dealers in both Wyoming and Colorado is not disputable. And the idea that A.J. McKinney and Methew W. Shepard were strangers who did not know eachother until that day is rubbish.With your critique about the witnesses being junkies, drug dealers-well there is no reason to doubt their credibility. A junky like Methew W. Shepard would have to associate with drug dealers to buy his drugs and not with good citizens.

    No, AJ McKinney is not a credible source when it comes to the murder and he did change his story many times (he was a junky) no matter why the murder happened, but there are many witnesses-Doc O’ Connor’s ex girlfriend who is Stephanie Errington, Elaine Baker (bartender), M.K. Rohrbacher (drug dealer), Tristan (Ted) Henson (Methew W. Shepard’s former lover) & others who saw them together so it is not hearsay or rumor as the Shepard Foundation says. The Shepard Foundation and Laramie Project’s pushes hero worship of Methew W. Shepard but Methew W. Shepard who is a proven child molester and likely a drug dealer or courier. I don’t think these witnesses are lying because they gain nothing saying this. If you want to know if a person such as Methew W. Shepard is a drug junky or sold drugs, then you would have to go interview criminals such as drug dealers.

    The weak criticism is that Stephen Jimenez interviewed drug dealers, junkies, and that he went into bars where drugs were sold, to learn about M.W. Shepard being a drug dealer. That is who Stephen Jimenez would have to interview to learn this. M.W. Shepard being a junky is old news as he had told his friends such as Tina LaBrie about his drug problems and M.W. Shepard’s lover Tristan (Ted) Henson admits that M.W. Shepard used drugs and that he knew 1 of his killers. M.W. Shepard being a drug dealer was something he likely kept secret from his friends and family because honestly, if a person is selling drugs, they usually aren’t going to tell their family that they commit this crime. Even if Metthew W. Shepard did tell his friends and family that he sold drugs, don’t think his family will admit this ugly as they had tried to hide the fact that Methew Wayne Shepard molested 8 year old boys and got counseling.

    Posted by: funinsnowfall | Jul 29, 2014 8:02:52 PM

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