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Gay Couple Brutally Beaten in Paris Attack

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Wilfred de Bruijn and his boyfriend were beaten in Paris for walking arm-in-arm, The Local reports:

According to de Bruijn, he was attacked with his boyfriend in the 19th arrondissement of Paris on Saturday night simply because they were gay. France’s gay rights groups say the savage beating comes as homophobic incidents are on the rise.

They blame the increasingly radical and stubborn anti-gay marriage movement.

Hours after being subjected to the beating, De Bruijn put the photo on his Facebook page. It has since been shared thousands of times across social media.

“Sorry to show you this,” the victim wrote. “It’s the face of homophobia. Last night 19th arrondissement, Paris, Olivier and I were badly beaten just for walking arm in arm. “I woke up in an ambulance covered in blood, missing tooth and broken bones around the eye. I’m home now. Very sad.”

France's Senate is currently considering a marriage equality bill. Two weeks ago hundreds of thousands turned out in Paris from all over France for a demonstration against the proposed law. The anti-gay march sparked violent riots with police.

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  1. And some idiot in the gay community will think that "we should have a candlelight supper, I mean vigil".

    Arm yourself you god damned weenies. Do you think someone would try to beat you if he thought you were going to go Thelma and Louise on him?

    Posted by: Hagatha | Apr 8, 2013 11:29:01 AM


  2. A product of that rally Brian Brown himself supported and attended.

    How is NOM not a hate group again?

    Posted by: kpo5 | Apr 8, 2013 11:36:40 AM


  3. And I get criticised on this blog for anger ?
    You bet I'm angry.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 8, 2013 11:36:49 AM


  4. Goodnight France, we knew you well.

    Posted by: Sister Bertrille | Apr 8, 2013 11:53:35 AM


  5. My heart hurts. So, so incredibly sad. Of course, LGBT people are already by far the most likely to be attacked in hate crimes. Now with our rights being debated on throughout the world (which alone is insulting and validates the idea that LGBT citizens aren't normal), hate crimes against us are rising in backlash. In France hate crimes are up over 30%.

    Yes, we're making progress throughout most of the world, but that doesn't mean homophobia has really dissipated. Not at all. Not by a longshot.

    Well wishes go out to Wilfried and Oliver. Hopefully he's able to have a full recovery physically as well as emotionally and mentally, as soon as possible.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 8, 2013 11:57:49 AM


  6. The result of multi-culturalism more than anything else. The 19th is the most heavily black and islamic area of Paris. It's hardly a bastion of traditional catholics.

    Posted by: Petes | Apr 8, 2013 12:00:20 PM


  7. So what are the strongest influences on French life - the catholic church and (now) islam.

    Posted by: John Freeman | Apr 8, 2013 12:12:57 PM


  8. That may be true, Petes, but hate crimes are up over 30% in France. It's not all just black/Muslims committing these crimes. They, just like other haters, are feeling emboldened because of the entire marriage debate and the several anti-gay rallies that have been occurring. France is exposing itself as a country that has a severe homophobia problem and way more homophobic than I ever imagined.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Apr 8, 2013 12:20:47 PM


  9. Heartbreaking.

    Posted by: Bart | Apr 8, 2013 12:23:41 PM


  10. Conservative immigrants are ruining places like France and the Netherlands.

    Posted by: dh | Apr 8, 2013 12:34:53 PM


  11. There has always been a segment of French society that is extremely conservative and regressive,prior to the arrival of immigrants from African & Muslim countries. Perhaps they are making common cause in their homophobia - I haven't seen evidence of this but who knows. France like the US is far from the bastion of liberty that it proclaims. The good people of France whom comprise the majority must make their voices heard that this sort of violence & intolerance must cease.

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 8, 2013 12:50:04 PM


  12. France, like the UK, is another post colonial power and the chickens of its past are coming home to roost.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Apr 8, 2013 1:03:38 PM


  13. 'The result of multi-culturalism more than anything else. The 19th is the most heavily black and islamic area of Paris. It's hardly a bastion of traditional catholics.'

    WOW, the comments on the blog never fail with the racist barbs. I take it Matthew Francis and Christopher Orlando were influenced by the African-American Islamic upbringing to beat up someone at Stonewall!!!!!

    Piss off the race baiting and comment on what is relevant! This poor man was attacked because of homophobia and homophobia has no colour!! If it were dark, the republican party would not have a problem with diveristy!

    Posted by: pseudoamericano | Apr 8, 2013 1:09:06 PM


  14. Tell me again how Christians are being oppressed by gays.

    Posted by: ChristopherM | Apr 8, 2013 1:14:21 PM


  15. Hagatha, AKA David Hearne is a well known racist troll on Towleroad. Just ignore Hagatha and Hearne's race-baiting comments.

    Posted by: MateoM | Apr 8, 2013 1:38:05 PM


  16. ChristopherM we also are oppressing Muslims and anyone who doesn't agree with our "lifestyle choices". Or so they claim. I, too, await the proof.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 8, 2013 1:55:25 PM


  17. This is sad. My boyfriend and I were thinking of a vacation in either Paris or Greece this summer, but both have seen a rise in anti-gay violence. These countries are going to lose a lot of tourist income if they don't step in and make their cities safer.

    Posted by: David | Apr 8, 2013 2:31:12 PM


  18. This is sad. My boyfriend and I were thinking of a vacation in either Paris or Greece this summer, but both have seen a rise in anti-gay violence. These countries are going to lose a lot of tourist income if they don't step in and make their cities safer.

    Posted by: David | Apr 8, 2013 2:31:22 PM


  19. This is sad. My boyfriend and I were thinking of a vacation in either Paris or Greece this summer, but both have seen a rise in anti-gay violence. These countries are going to lose a lot of tourist income if they don't step in and make their cities safer.

    Posted by: David | Apr 8, 2013 2:31:35 PM


  20. Let's see: an attack in France and an attack in Greece. Both of these countries have high cultural pollution from Islamic invasion. Naturally, as is the trend, the perps have not been described.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Apr 8, 2013 2:46:41 PM


  21. Let's see: an attack in France and an attack in Greece. Both of these countries have high cultural pollution from Islamic invasion. Naturally, as is the trend, the perps have not been described.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 8, 2013 2:46:56 PM


  22. Let's see: an attack in France and an attack in Greece. Both of these countries have high cultural pollution from Islamic invasion. Naturally, as is the trend, the perps have not been described.

    Posted by: Dhearne | Apr 8, 2013 2:48:31 PM


  23. I love how you guys keep making excuses for Muslims. They would stone you.

    Posted by: Dhearne | Apr 8, 2013 2:49:50 PM


  24. 19th arondissement, a section of Paris is heavily immigrant. They are often from regions hostile to gays and lesbians. The French even have problems with them as well. They immigrate to Paris but do not adopt more liberal or even same social attitudes.

    Posted by: oh dear | Apr 8, 2013 2:50:05 PM


  25. 19th arondissement, a section of Paris is heavily immigrant. They are often from regions hostile to gays and lesbians. The French even have problems with them as well. They immigrate to Paris but do not adopt more liberal or even same social attitudes.

    Posted by: oh dear | Apr 8, 2013 2:50:11 PM


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