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.

Comments

  1. Hagatha says

    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?

  2. kpo5 says

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

    How is NOM not a hate group again?

  3. Francis #1 says

    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.

  4. Petes says

    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.

  5. John Freeman says

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

  6. Francis #1 says

    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.

  7. Mike says

    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.

  8. pseudoamericano says

    ‘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!

  9. MateoM says

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

  10. jamal49 says

    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.

  11. David says

    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.

  12. David says

    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.

  13. David says

    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.

  14. Hagatha says

    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.

  15. David Hearne says

    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.

  16. Dhearne says

    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.

  17. oh dear says

    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.

  18. oh dear says

    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.

  19. oh dear says

    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.

  20. oh dear says

    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.

  21. bobby says

    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.

  22. sean says

    The 19th is almost entirely people from Egypt, Morocco, and Algeria.

    Shocking that this would happen there. Shocking!

    Sounds like a place Little Kiwi and Derrick from Philly should hang out in. Let’s see how well that goes for you.

  23. sean says

    The 19th is almost entirely people from Egypt, Morocco, and Algeria.

    Shocking that this would happen there. Shocking!

    Sounds like a place Little Kiwi and Derrick from Philly should hang out in. Let’s see how well that goes for you.

  24. sean says

    The 19th is almost entirely people from Egypt, Morocco, and Algeria.

    Shocking that this would happen there. Shocking!

    Sounds like a place Little Kiwi and Derrick from Philly should hang out in. Let’s see how well that goes for you.

  25. ratbastard says

    Description of the attackers? Yes, the 19th is heavily ‘immigrant’ *wink*

  26. Derrick from Philly says

    @”The 19th is almost entirely people from Egypt, Morocco, and Algeria. Sounds like a place Little Kiwi and Derrick from Philly should hang out in.”

    Damn right. If the men are originally from those countries then they must be gorgeous.

  27. Jake says

    Rumors are also appearing in some of the French gay and anti-gay sites that “according to sources near l’Elysee, Hollande is considering suspending the bill after it passes the senate.” That may just be Barjot’s people trying to spread lies and discouragement. But this is not a done deal. Hollande’s government is in a very weak and vulnerable position and he is not a politician of great conviction. All of the “zoom, zoom” rhetoric needs to be put on hold until this actually makes it through review by the constitutional council.

  28. says

    How horrible! I can’t imagine not only the physical but also the emotional trauma of such an attack. Like other poster said, if gays and lesbians started fighitng back, perhaps the bashers would think twice.

  29. Eric says

    Please advise, should a gay couple cancel their trip to Paris scheduled for next week?

  30. says

    How very strange, the exact same immigrant-related comments coming from posters with all sorts of different names–count me shocked!

    @Eric: was in Paris with my husband last week. Other than the fact it was freezing, we had no issues whatsoever.

  31. David Hearne says

    Ernie- Are you stupid or what? There was something wrong with the site today, and people were clearing cookies and reposting under variations. Moreover, like most of your ilk, you aren’t refuting anything, simply whining about the posters.

  32. says

    Not whining at all, David/Hagatha/Ohdear/Bobby etc. Just observing–with amusement–that the site problems exposed all the Sybil multiple personalities that appear day-to-day here. Trolls hate it when their cover is blown.

    My only comment on Paris was that, aside from the chilly weather, I just had a lovely time there.

  33. Kev C says

    Ernest, did you visit the 19th Arr.? But you feel you can judge a country or city by only visiting tourist zones. Aren’t you the gay bon vivant!

  34. douglas says

    not only are gay bashings increasing, jew bashings are increasing too. hmmm, i wonder why. let’s blame the catholics. hahahahahaha. wikipedia says since the early 2000s, the catholic church has been losing millions of followers. they are closing churches left and right. islam is the fastest growing religion in the world. there are seven countries in the world that impose the death penalty for being gay and all seven are muslim countries. and you still want to bash catholics??????

  35. ratbastard says

    *sigh* so many shills and trolls on this site.

    As for Paris, it’s a BIG CITY. It has it’s good parts and not so good parts. The Paris 99% of visitors will be in is beautiful and reasonably safe. Paris and France does indeed have a large North African immigrant population that culturally is VERY anti-gay. Many live in housing similar to housing projects in the U.S., and they have the same attitudes and swagger as many people raised in U.S. urban housing projects have. But Paris is different from typical American cities in that the Paris’s suburbs are where the ‘bad’ neighborhoods are located.

  36. olympiasepiriot says

    To all those so quick to comment without reading the original that Towle quotes from: Watch the video at the bottom of the post at The Local and see how WHITE those members are of the group claiming responsibility for the attacks. Also, note the bit in the article that states: “Responsibility for the “homophobic attack” (see video) was claimed by “Le Printemps Francais” (French spring), a collective of dissidents who split from the mainstream “Manif pour Tous” anti-gay marriage movement led by French comic Frigide Barjot….Le Printemps Français is believed to be made up mainly of hard line Catholics and royalists.”

  37. Dan says

    As someone who has been in a same sex relationship for 18 years, we would never go strolling around town arm and arm, even here in states. Why bring trouble upon yourself!

  38. gwynethcornrow says

    Actually, to all the racists who think they know Paris so well: the 19eme is one of the trendier neighborhoods these days, full of “bobos” as much as immigrants. If you read the French accounts of this crime, it’s clear that this was a political attack and comes as part of a wave of attacks on politicians and organizations who are in support of equality.

  39. Derrick from Philly says

    Thank you, Olympiasepiriot & Gwynethcornrow.

    These reactionary b.tches were ready to hang some Muslims.

    I hope the couple makes a complete and quick recovery.

  40. Acronym Jim says

    We now know that David Hearne/DHearne/Oh dear/bobby/DH/Hagatha/Sean are all the same person.

    We also know that NOM’s tactics are to establish a division between equal rights for GBLT movement and the ongoing African-American community’s continuing struggle against stereotyped discrimination.

    I suspect that David Hearne et “al” is a NOM crony.

    He and NOM generally, fail for one reason. We as GLBT citizens are comprised of every race, nationality, gender and sex.

    NOM just doesn’t get it. Sexual orientation is ubiquitous and unchosen across every community regardless of race, nationality OR sexual “preference”. The only difference is in the bigotry.

  41. Doumba says

    Greatness to a man who kills gay and shame to any country where gay legalized, it means there is no youth’s in such a country

  42. Doumba says

    I thanks the youth of Paris, for your excellent job, keep on to protecting your community from corruption and other countries will learn from your excellent job
    Please gather you youths and go house to house and fishes unwanted idiot (gay) and stone them to death, women’s where are you the same to Men of ambitions prove your greatness to the nation
    Provoke youths to understand the havoc this Idiot had cause to the communities. Apris and Russia has proved their greatness in attacking gays

  43. Queer Supremacist says

    The problem is both Christianity AND Islam. Both are militantly homophobic and full of violent breeder thugs who need to be taken down BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

    Arm yourselves to the teeth, my fellow gays. Be prepared to bash back.

  44. Derrick from Philly says

    Why, thanks, Doumbo. Do you know how we pronouce your name in the United States? DUMBO. It means STUPID.

  45. grego says

    Is this news or a drive by? Where’s the rest of this horrifying story? Witnesses? Update on the police investigation? His Partner? Way too light on the details. Despite that, I’m so sorry this happened to him. : /