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Gay Man Beaten Unconscious In Nice, France


Another anti-gay attack in France left a young man bleeding and unconscious in the south of France, the Local reports:

A gay couple were attacked as they left a night club in the Mediterranean city of Nice at the weekend in the latest apparent homophobic attack in France. Raphaël Leclerc was punched and kicked after being jumped by three men when they left a club at around 5am on Saturday.

The incident comes just two weeks after Wilfred de Bruijn was savagely beaten in the 19th arrondissement of Paris, earlier this month after he and his boyfriend were attacked in the street. Last week, amid increased tensions over France’s divisive gay marriage bill that is set to be passed into law on Tuesday, there were attacks on gay bars in the northern city of Lille and Bordeaux in the south west.

Gay rights groups have told The Local they have recorded a 30 percent rise in homophobic incidents in recent months, which they blame on the continued opposition to the gay marriage bill.

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  1. "It was a joke alluding to exactly what you just countered it with, rick. That's why there was a wink at the end. Sheesh "

    Sorry about that. Icons don't show up on this site, at least not on any computer I have ever accessed it on, so I missed the "wink."

    "I'm sure the events in which the attacker gets their ass kicked and backs off happen, they just don't get attention. Because what happens is you kick the guys ass and don't feel the need to get police involved after it's over and that's the end of it"

    I am not sure of that at all. I have never even anecdotally heard of a gay man kicking the a$$ of a straight man who harrassed him or attacked him--I have, however, heard and read of instances where a single straight man attacked more than one gay man at a time and did not suffer any consequences.

    "The discussion here should not be over how gay men should respond to violence, that is really a non-issue. Most straight men, drunk and leaving a bar, would also get beat up by guys targeting them for an attack. Bringing up how supposedly well straight men would perform in some hypothetical scenario is nothing more than desperate hetero male worship. "

    Lsughable. This is not about being vulnerable when you are drunk. First of all, you don't even know that the victims in this instance were drunk and the aggressors were not. You are just making that up so as to avoid the REAL issue.

    You and others know perfectly well that most gay men who are beaten up by straight men are not drunk when they are and therefore incapacitated.

    And as for the "hetero male worship" charge, it is precisely the kind of effeminate cowards who typically get attacked and beaten up who worship masculine/straight men.

    So you are just talking in circles, trying to get the real issue off the table.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 22, 2013 1:10:19 PM

  2. I'm more masculine than the rest of you effeminates. You can tell because I type things anonymously on my computer and am not openly gay. You effeminates can't fight back in person and I'm so masculine than I can't even show myself online.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 22, 2013 1:18:02 PM

  3. Whats the real issue Rick?? this kid isn't tough enough for you? just because he got beat up by three violent assholes who probably get in to fist fights all the time does not mean that he is effeminate, AND THERE NOTHING WRONG WITH BEING EFFEMINATE!!!! The real issue is Homophobia..I am not going to change who I am so douchbags will like me more..I would however be happy to test your fem guy vs masc guy theory..

    Posted by: nefter | Apr 22, 2013 1:27:09 PM

  4. No, the issue is being effeminate. You limp-wristed sissies make straight men think that all gay men want to be women, and because of that my father used to dress me up in blackface drag whenever I asked to rim him because he didn't think Id want to be dressed as a man while eating his butt.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 22, 2013 1:34:18 PM

  5. Maybe they beat him up because he looks like Peter Lorre.

    Posted by: David Hearne | Apr 22, 2013 1:37:24 PM


    Yes, there the view of men (and women, by the way) in every society that has ever existed in the history of this planet. And that will continue to be the case for all eternity.

    The fundamental problem with the gay movement today is that many of you simply do not understand that conducting a crusade against masculinity (rather than against homophobiaa, per se) is doomed to failure--You will NEVER succeed in making it socially acceptable for men to be pu$$ies and cowards......

    Whether you have convinced yourselves that effeminate, cowardly behavior is OK, the reality is that you/we, as gay men, are a tiny proportion of the population (and always will be) and because of that, we are not going to be the ones ultimately making the rules, any more than any minority ever is going to (even if your notion that effeminacy is OK were correct--and it is not).

    So you can either continue your futile anti-masculinity crusade or you can decide to join society and abide by its rules.....and re-discover your true masculine self in the process, discarding your artificial and self-destructive effeminacy in the process.....which will not only make you more acceptable to the larger society, but will make you like yourselves much better, as well......

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 22, 2013 1:44:26 PM

  7. Maybe you can shut those effeminate queens up once and for all, Rick, by actually just showing how masculine you are. Maybe that'll finally let those effeminate wimps see what a real man looks like.

    I hate those effeminates as much as you and maybe if you finally put a face to your comments you can show them all what a strong masculine gay man is supposed to look like.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Apr 22, 2013 1:49:26 PM

  8. Rick, What anti masculinity crusade? Do you realize how incredible stupid you sound? Just because I accept myself and my sometimes effeminate qualities makes me neither a coward or a pussy, I would welcome the opportunity to prove it to you.

    Posted by: nefter | Apr 22, 2013 1:56:08 PM

  9. Christians. Ya gotta love 'em. They just keep finding new ways to be more bigoted, more homophobic and more despicable every day. Fight back! Bash the christians!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Apr 22, 2013 2:03:33 PM

  10. "Rick, What anti masculinity crusade?"

    Attempting to make effeminacy and "gender-non-conformity" acceptable--which sadly has become a core principle of most gay activists at this point--constitutes attempting to eliminate the standards of masculinity that society applies to all men.

    It won't work and it works against what traditionally was the core principle of the gay movement--namely that gay people are pretty much like everybody else except for their sexual orientation and therefore deserve a place in the social mainstream.

    The ideology of gay activists has gone from seeking to end the taboo against homosexuality to seeking to destroy masculinity, which is impossible to do in any case because masculinity in men is based in NATURE and PHYSIOLOGY and cannot therefore be destroyed. Trying to do so is like trying to stop earthquakes or hurricanes from happening or bears and wolves from defecating.

    And until you all get that, you are doing us more harm than good.....and damaging yourselves in the process.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 22, 2013 2:05:51 PM

  11. Then again, you effeminates keep guys like me totally closeted. So I guess you're doing something right.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 22, 2013 2:09:25 PM

  12. @ "Maybe they beat him up because he looks like Peter Lorre."

    Then maybe you ought not to travel to any place where they don't like old cows who look like Phyllis Schlafly.

    That young man's eyes are beautiful even in that photograph.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Apr 22, 2013 2:11:28 PM

  13. So Rick should we beat small buys that want to play with dolls so they don't grow up to be sissys? If you are gay you really are just the worst kind. "stop earthquakes and hurricanes" What a tool.

    Posted by: nefter | Apr 22, 2013 2:13:36 PM

  14. My longer post got eaten up in the towleroad comments machine, so this is a brief summary. I'll skip the part where I explain just what a moron Rick has been over the years.

    Rick, if we (the gay community excluding you) are conducting this massive anti-masculinity campaign, and it will always be a failure just like stopping earthquakes or wolves defecating, to use your examples, then how do you account for the fact that gay rights has had unprecedented success in the last decade? it's by far the biggest flip in public opinion that pollsters have ever seen, and all other liberal causes are looking to learn from our huge success. How do you account for our fictional "anti-masculinity campaign" marching side by side with fast growing public acceptance of gay rights?

    Posted by: Brian | Apr 22, 2013 2:19:44 PM

  15. I've been to France once before about 7 years ago, and really liked it and had been wanting to go back. But after the past 6 months of realizing how it's not only homophobic, but very violent, I think I'll pass.

    What an embarrassment for a Western European country.

    Posted by: Scary | Apr 22, 2013 2:27:13 PM

  16. the fact that RICK refuses to put a face to his comments and show His Masculine Example proves he's not just a wimp, but knows he's full of s**t.

    be the change you want to see. don't anonymously complain that everyone else isn't doing things your way.

    there's no such thing as a "culture of effeminacy" there is only a culture of Closetedness.

    as long as effeminate gay men scare losers like RICK into remaining closeted forever, i say we raise a glass of pink champagne to thank them for keeping insecure self-hating homos out of sight, out of mind, and firmly in the closet.

    i've never met a masculine gay man who takes issue with guys perceived to be "effeminate" - only ever insecure wimps who still live each day in fear of What The Straights Think.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 22, 2013 2:42:14 PM

  17. "Rick, if we (the gay community excluding you) are conducting this massive anti-masculinity campaign, and it will always be a failure just like stopping earthquakes or wolves defecating, to use your examples, then how do you account for the fact that gay rights has had unprecedented success in the last decade? it's by far the biggest flip in public opinion that pollsters have ever seen, and all other liberal causes are looking to learn from our huge success. How do you account for our fictional "anti-masculinity campaign" marching side by side with fast growing public acceptance of gay rights?"

    I account for it by noting that the intellectual notion that homosexuality is a "disease" was done away with in the early 70's, so that younger people have not grown up with that false idea.

    And I account for it by noting that, until fairly recently, the focus of most gay organizations was the right focus--on eliminating the taboo against homosexuality and stressing that gay people are mainstream, for the most part, and not mascara-and-high-heels-wearing freaks......and indeed, most of the gay people who have been the messengers for the community who have actually succeeded in changing public perception HAVE BEEM mainstream in their demeanor and behavior.

    Look at the "out" gay male news anchors. Don Lemon, Tom Roberts, Anderson Cooper. None are effeminate, all dress themselves in suits and ties, etc., etc.

    And you will find this in any other sector of society, as well. The gay men who are accepted are those who are NOT effeminate, whereas those that are effeminate continue to be restricted to stereotypical areas of society and denied access to the social mainstream or acceptance in it.

    That is telling because it demonstrates that while people can accept homosexuality, they cannot and will not accept effeminacy.

    This is also behind the recent "crusade" to find gay male professional athletes who are willing to come out. That is taking place because America WANTS to believe that gay men are just like other men and WANTS to accept them as such, but it will not accept those who instead want to use homosexuality as an excuse for behaving like women.

    ENDA failed because the attempt to force "gender expression" into the bill rather than making it just about sexual orientation was unacceptable to the mainsteam--and always will be.

    You should not make the mistake of thinking that because most people are willing to be fair and accept the basic premise that sexual orientation should not be a disqualifying factor from participation in mainstream society.....that they are willing to accept the radical notion of "gender-non-conformity" as mainstream.

    We just need to re-focus our movement on the basics. When we do that, we succeed; when we depart from that, we fail.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 22, 2013 2:44:30 PM

  18. The only thing he puts his face to is a glory hole..A manly one.

    Posted by: nefter | Apr 22, 2013 2:44:36 PM

  19. And one other thing, done confuse tolerance with respect. That people believe a group should not be denied basic civil rights does not mean that they necessarily like them or accept them socially, much less that they respect and embrace them.

    Big, big difference.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 22, 2013 2:46:06 PM

  20. That's RICK's issue - when "effeminate" men are accepted and loved by their non-gay friends and family, and no amount of pseudo-macho posturing was able to make RICK's mommy and daddy love him.

    and it shows.

    if you rail against "effeminacy" yet refuse to show yourself as your own "masculine gay male example" you prove that you're a bigger sissy than the gay men your piece-of-s**t family conditioned you to hate.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 22, 2013 2:53:49 PM

  21. btw, Ontario has passed Bill-33, Toby's Act, protections based on gender-identity and expression.

    it's possible. all you have to do is have a spine, and stand united.

    rock ON, Canada :D

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 22, 2013 2:54:39 PM

  22. Rick,

    You're just so wildly out of touch with reality it's frightening. You really think we're all sitting around in dresses while you're the lone manly gay flying around in your superman tights. Gays are now what gays have always been, a wide range of "manliness" to use the term you obsess over. That hasn't changed; We've become accepted as a group, not just the tough guys like you (that was a joke). For every Will there's a Jack, and the audience didn't say we'll give that one rights but not that one. They said live and let live. The overwhelming majority of people on this site have very good relationships with straight people, it's called friendship, you should try it some time.

    Posted by: Brian | Apr 22, 2013 2:55:01 PM

  23. "We've become accepted as a group, not just the tough guys like you (that was a joke)."

    No, that is where you are wrong. They have accepted men who are attracted to other men, but who differ very little from other men, otherwise.

    They have rejected and will continue to reject men who, regardless of sexual orientation, idolize women and model their behavior on women....and/or men who are physical cowards.

    If you don't realize that, then you are the one who is out of touch with reality.

    Posted by: Rick | Apr 22, 2013 3:03:08 PM

  24. you're just talking nonsense and I hope you know it. Look, you've only got one point to your entire existence, and that's to condemn all other gays as sissy queens. You will never drop that assertion because your world would be turned upside down and your head would explode. So you just keep typing this nonsense thinking you're persuading people if that helps you get through your miserable life.

    Posted by: Brian | Apr 22, 2013 3:14:18 PM

  25. @Rick: you wanna read about gay men fighting back? like "real men"? if I remember history books correctly, it's the transvestites that started to fight back against the police in the Stonewall riots.. Courage has nothing to do with "manliness" (whatever that might be.."

    Posted by: Kylian | Apr 22, 2013 3:19:16 PM

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