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Three Gay Men Attacked in Columbus, Ohio in Past Week: VIDEO


Outlook Columbus reports that three gay men have been attacked in Columbus, Ohio over the past five days:

On Thursday, a visitor from out of town who was smoking outside the Southbend Tavern in Merion Village was punched and kicked until he was unconscious by at least two men who had asked him for help starting their car.

Late Sunday, an employee walking home from Union was beaten near Summit Street in Italian Village. A gay man also was attacked and robbed early Monday near E Broad Street and Parsons Avenue in Olde Towne; he posted a photo of his bloodied head, along with a warning: “It sounds like hate crimes are back, boys and girls.”

“There are creeps out there, and they don’t like us,” said Gloria McCauley, executive director of BRAVO, the Buckeye Region Anti-Violence Organization.

Sgt. Richard Weiner, a spokesman for Columbus Police, said Southbend patrons reported the incident there late last week. Christopher Ashcraft told officers he was approached by several men who asked for a jump-start...

...David Conley, the victim of the third attack, said he called 911 as a group of men approached him from behind, and he was on the phone with the dispatcher as they hit him with a 2-by-4. Police arrived quickly and arrested three men. Conley said the men made vulgar comments as they approached that indicated an anti-gay bias.

Exile, a gay bar, was also robbed this week.

Watch Ashcraft tell his story to WCPO, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I think you missed a big part of this story - and that's the community response to the event. Medical bills are being paid - and a large protest is planned for friday. The FB group has reached 2,000 people in a few hours... and numerous local businesses have signed on. This is a story of an amazing and loving community.

    Posted by: John | Jun 11, 2013 5:31:58 PM

  2. If you are caught anywhere on Parsons Ave, you better have a gun or a black belt in Taekwondo. Sadly none of these are great areas despite the gay gentrification in them.

    The Exile used to be a decent leather bar in a dire neighborhood. Dark, dank and seedy. Until they renovated. Maybe the thugs mistook it for a Chipotle.

    Posted by: Bollux | Jun 11, 2013 6:40:48 PM

  3. Bollux -you are spot on with your comments.
    Columbus has very small pockets of safe zones but it is just like most communities in the US-still very homophobic and has a very long way to go.

    Posted by: nick | Jun 11, 2013 6:48:16 PM

  4. I've been going out in Columbus for years...and I've never heard of that bar! That is not a nice part of town though.

    Posted by: Dave | Jun 11, 2013 7:31:09 PM

  5. We have more than small pockets that are fine. Hell all of high street already has pride banners up. I am glad as a community we're going to show the pockets of hate in Columbus that we won't stand for this. It is t many.

    Posted by: Eric | Jun 11, 2013 8:12:09 PM

  6. Rock on to the community and Gloria McCauly who has led BRAVO for years.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Jun 11, 2013 10:06:47 PM

  7. Ever notice how brave all these "straight men" are when attacking gay people? It seems that it is never one on one. I am waiting for something like this to occur in a "concealed carry" state against a guy with something in his pants other than his cell phone.

    Posted by: *****overtx | Jun 11, 2013 10:35:27 PM

  8. Eric:
    A few blocks in the Short North along High Street do not make a community-as much as you think. The area has diversified and the gays that gentrified the community have dispersed throughout the city or moved away entirely.
    Columbus has always had a strong Gay Pride Parade and that is admirable and commendable for the city but it is because people from all over Ohio come to the city for its festivities.
    The city proper is very homophobic. Kudos to Gloria and Chris- great role models for all of us in Columbus.

    Posted by: nick | Jun 11, 2013 11:52:03 PM

  9. I agree Eric. German Village and Clintonville for the ladies are also more than "small pockets." All three attacks took place in gentrifying neighborhoods. These attacks very well could have happened to straight guys. Just be careful out there and know your surroundings.

    Posted by: Mike | Jun 12, 2013 12:49:35 AM

  10. All of these attacks have one thing in common:

    The victims were by themselves.

    Be warned and take precautions.

    Posted by: johnny | Jun 12, 2013 8:59:11 AM

  11. Even with a beat up face, Mr. Ashcroft is a nice looking guy.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 12, 2013 10:04:04 AM

  12. The violence surges against us. The homophobes can't and won't tolerate that we are everywhere and that America is slowly changing its attitude to one of acceptance. These acts of violence, occurring everywhere across America are the last, desperate acts of religious bigots to stem the forces of change. Expect more. Be prepared. Learn self-defense. Know the area where your club or bar of choice is. Keep that cellphone handy. Try to never be out alone. Organize watch patrols. Never count on the police--they're part of the problem.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jun 12, 2013 10:46:57 AM

  13., a few blocks don't make a community per sea, but people coming together, united in a cause do. Witness the Pink Equality support both within the LGBTQ "community" as well as the straight allies. I'm sorry you don't feel a sense of community. Columbus may not be NYC's Chelsea neighborhood, but compared to other cities in Ohio and other cities in the midwest, Columbus is pretty diverse and welcoming.

    Posted by: trscmh | Jun 12, 2013 4:00:13 PM

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