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Gay Couple Beaten by Group in Pittsburgh Hate Crime: VIDEO


Ben Stoviak and his boyfriend Aaron were attacked outside of Remedy Bar on Butler Street in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Saturday night after being taunted by a group of men.

Wrote Stoviak on Facebook:

Last night, a group of men attacked me and my boyfriend on Butler Street in Lawrenceville. After yelling, from across the street, "Faggot!" at us, I replied, "yes, we're faggots!" Immediately after, the group of men ran across the street and began hitting, kicking, and stomping me. The mark on my right cheek is a bootprint. Aaron threw himself on top of me to discourage them from continuing the assault, but they began kicking him in the head, as well.

To the women who saw the ordeal, wrote down their license plate number, and stayed to talk with the police, thank you.

Three of these men have been arrested since the assault. Aaron and I were in the hospital until almost 10 am so that the doctors could take MRI, CT scans, and x-rays to make sure there was no internal bleeding.

I don't ask you to cheer on my romantic and sexual lives. I do, however, expect people not to act violently against one another because they do not share tastes and preferences.

Watch a CBS Pittsburgh news report on the attack and interview with Stoviak,

Police report here.

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  1. Arm yourselves.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 7, 2013 11:03:49 PM

  2. Liberal Pittsburgh strikes again. This is happening all over liberal cities, notably New York. The liberals are fighting back against gay male visibility - that's what this is all about.

    Why do liberals oppose gay male visibility? Because it brings male homosexuality into the mainstream, that's why. Liberals want our sexuality to be hidden away in our gay bars and clubs, and certainly not be allowed into our streets.

    A lot of you are going to question me on this accusation. You'll say something like "liberals are on our side" My response is "only partially". Liberals are only OK with male homosexuality IF IT IS HIDDEN AWAY FROM THE MAINSTREAM. I deliberately capitalized the latter to emphasize my point.

    The aim of liberalism is to make bisexuality socially acceptable for women but not for men. This means allowing ostensibly straight women to dabble in public displays of lesbianism in order to titillate straight male liberals, while not allowing this same-sex concession for straight guys.

    It is all part of the PLAN. Liberalism has ALWAYS been thus but now it's getting worse, thus the gay bashings in public.

    Posted by: philip higgins | Oct 7, 2013 11:08:28 PM

  3. Mr Higgins, you're an idiot.

    That's way too many paragraphs to be a troll - were you just bored?

    Posted by: Tigerama | Oct 7, 2013 11:09:27 PM

  4. Don't respond to every idiot yahoo that calls you a name. You don't have to respond, it's not a requirement. Be very careful with arming yourself with a fire arm. I don't think PA has a stand your ground law.

    Posted by: Sargon Bighorn | Oct 7, 2013 11:10:14 PM

  5. @Hagatha - something! Cary a taser. Mace. Learn how to fight back. Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Oct 7, 2013 11:12:11 PM

  6. From my experience, the instant that you hear the word "Faggot" is the time to prepare to escape or to defend yourself. That's when you should be reaching for a weapon or defensive article, looking for places to run, looking for bottles or sticks to fight with, reaching for a cell phone, etc. NEVER take that word casually in public circumstances. Always be prepared with some plan of defense or escape.

    Posted by: Kev C | Oct 7, 2013 11:20:21 PM

  7. Pennsylvania? Where a governor compares gay marriage to incest? Call me surprised!

    Posted by: litper | Oct 7, 2013 11:29:38 PM

  8. Ben's statement is spot on. These goons have no respect for human life.

    Posted by: Jay | Oct 7, 2013 11:39:32 PM

  9. Is this an every day event now? It will be it seems. All because gays are overexposed. Happy with your equality?? Maybe some will be killed, but you'll still get to share marriage benefits. Don't worry.

    Posted by: WakeUp | Oct 7, 2013 11:41:03 PM

  10. Wakeup,

    Male homosexuality is not over-exposed. As a talking point in the media, maybe, but certainly not at the level of the real world. We need MORE real world exposure.

    Posted by: Adrenan P | Oct 7, 2013 11:51:51 PM

  11. Tyler,

    Nobody cares about your dull flourishes. Do something useful with your life, like weeding.

    Posted by: Adrenan P | Oct 7, 2013 11:59:59 PM

  12. Wakeup, according to FBI statistics, LGBTs are bashed on average of 3.4 per day. And these are the reported incidences, according to the highly unscientific FBI's UCR, which is a joke of statistics gathering.

    Is it because of greater exposure and increased hate, or simply better reporting? Probably both.

    Posted by: Kev C | Oct 8, 2013 12:06:40 AM

  13. @WAKEUP If someone is going to attack a person simply because that person belongs to a group of people that is fighting and demanding their rights, and as a result has been "over exposed" in eyes of the attacker, and therefore, they are going to attack said addition to seeming like a lame excuse to be a monster, if someone is going to become violent towards strangers because of that, they would just as likely find some other excuse to get violent as well.

    Try harder.

    We didn't start fight, but we will be the ones who end it.

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 8, 2013 12:33:46 AM

  14. PS: "Maybe some will be killed"? Maybe??? We've been getting killed for decades, you think that we will stop now when we're so close to ensuring that those who were murdered by savages did not die in vain? Get lost.

    Posted by: Chris | Oct 8, 2013 12:35:31 AM

  15. @Wakeup

    Mouthbreathers who say or scream "Wake Up" usually want to live in a world where there are those who are put to sleep - killed, murdered - for being their perceived enemy.

    Go F yourself !

    Posted by: Holocene | Oct 8, 2013 1:02:34 AM

  16. NOTSAFEFORWORK - 380 Auto is more effective.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 8, 2013 1:42:11 AM

  17. I wouldn't say there is an alarming increase in "gay bashing" just that it is actually being reported more and the police are actually doing something about it.

    The more it is exposed, the more people talk about and the more it can be prevented.

    Posted by: Sam | Oct 8, 2013 1:50:01 AM

  18. Folks, this bashing was not just directed against the unfortunate victims. It was directed against you and me too. It was designed to intimidate you and me into reducing our visibility.

    Visibility is key to liberation. Homophobes want us to be as scared as possible. They want usto hide our love.

    Posted by: Adrenan P | Oct 8, 2013 1:59:47 AM

  19. I have two words: "Concealed Carry.

    Posted by: Bill Michael | Oct 8, 2013 2:05:20 AM

  20. I want to know what happens to these thugs. Andy, if possible, please provide a follow-up.

    Posted by: throwslikeagirl | Oct 8, 2013 2:06:02 AM

  21. @Neal: Some guy once told me that he had worked in the Central Valley with some yahoos who would drive over 100 miles to San Francisco to find gays to bash, and the Central Valley was even more conservative than it is today.

    He didn't provide anything useful like names, nor did I find out his, so there was nothing useful that could be reported to the police. Also, there's a possibility that these guys had been bragging without actually doing what they allegedly claimed.

    Regardless, the idea that someone would drive that far specifically to spend an evening gay-bashing was surprising. You'd think they'd harass people in the towns in which they lived instead of spending some 3 hours driving (round trip).

    Posted by: Bill | Oct 8, 2013 2:09:40 AM

  22. I'm glad the witnesses were able to get a plate number. I hope they get these guys!

    Posted by: MARCO | Oct 8, 2013 2:25:13 AM

  23. It's time we started swinging back instead of being perpetual victims. Start carrying pepper spray, start taking self defense courses. If there's no possible way to avoid the confrontation, make sure you give at least one of the beating of his f*cking life! It's time we started to show the world, "If you want to target us, strike out at us, harm us, then be prepared for us to strike back even harder. Be prepared for us defend ourselves at all costs!!! We will no longer be victims, but victors if you bring the war to our doorsteps. Stand up!!! Don't start it, but let them know by all means WE WILL FINISH IT!!!

    Posted by: SWING BACK | Oct 8, 2013 2:40:55 AM

  24. Hang in there bro, do not back down from nothing, stand for your rights as a man, American, Gay person, press every charge you can think of to press, stay in contact with the prosecutor every day and your attorney. Do not let them forget you and who you are. You are gay proud American. Heal fast and keep going. As for the women that got the license plate number THANK YOU for getting involved and helping. May God bless you all

    Posted by: TROY HOUGHTALING SR | Oct 8, 2013 4:02:15 AM

  25. I give props to the bf who tried to protect his partner. And I note that in this case they were outnumbered. So this is not the usual Towleroad story about a bunch of gay cowards running from a single attacker.

    That having been said, it is pretty sad that these 2 young guys were unable to defend themselves better. Guy #1 got stomped on and Guy #2 draped himself over Guy#1 to shield some of the blows. That's hardly self-defense.

    Posted by: Tom | Oct 8, 2013 5:31:35 AM

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