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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. 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 2:53:07 PM


  2. 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 2:53:08 PM


  3. 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: bobby | Apr 8, 2013 2:53:24 PM


  4. 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.

    Posted by: sean | Apr 8, 2013 2:58:57 PM


  5. 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.

    Posted by: sean | Apr 8, 2013 2:59:05 PM


  6. 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.

    Posted by: sean | Apr 8, 2013 2:59:45 PM


  7. Description of the attackers? Yes, the 19th is heavily 'immigrant' *wink*

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 8, 2013 4:54:09 PM


  8. @"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.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 8, 2013 4:58:38 PM


  9. 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.

    Posted by: Jake | Apr 8, 2013 5:01:54 PM


  10. 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.

    Posted by: MuscleModelBlog.com | Apr 8, 2013 5:05:05 PM


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

    Posted by: Eric | Apr 8, 2013 8:50:29 PM


  12. 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.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 8, 2013 8:58:40 PM


  13. 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.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 8, 2013 9:41:30 PM


  14. 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.

    Posted by: Ernie | Apr 8, 2013 11:12:24 PM


  15. 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!

    Posted by: Kev C | Apr 9, 2013 1:36:04 AM


  16. 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??????

    Posted by: douglas | Apr 9, 2013 2:14:28 AM


  17. *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.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Apr 9, 2013 7:28:58 AM


  18. 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."

    Posted by: olympiasepiriot | Apr 9, 2013 9:46:58 AM


  19. Love that DH outed himself as having SSS (Sybilian Sockpuppet Syndrom).

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Apr 9, 2013 10:36:05 AM


  20. 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!

    Posted by: Dan | Apr 9, 2013 3:58:13 PM


  21. 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.

    Posted by: gwynethcornrow | Apr 9, 2013 4:21:36 PM


  22. Thank you, Olympiasepiriot & Gwynethcornrow.

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

    I hope the couple makes a complete and quick recovery.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 9, 2013 4:30:44 PM


  23. 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.

    Posted by: Acronym Jim | Apr 9, 2013 10:59:27 PM


  24. 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

    Posted by: Doumba | Apr 10, 2013 8:37:46 PM


  25. 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

    Posted by: Doumba | Apr 10, 2013 8:48:35 PM


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