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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. Someone needs to Delete 'Professor' Higgins's first post.

    Obviously 'Rick' is back to work on chapter four of his Brigham Young University Master Thesis; "Talking In Circles; Destroying Gay and Lesbian Harmony Using Goebbel's Philosophy"

    But as always, he has no fu-ckin.g clue as to what he is talking about.

    Just blah-blah-blah.

    Liberal Agenda against Gay Males?

    Dude. You are a Moron.

    Posted by: jensen | Oct 8, 2013 2:12:32 PM

  2. Derricka - It's true that I used both names for a time because I was posting from two computers. However, the inspiration for Hagatha was indeed your calling me a hag.

    BTW- I don't live in a retirement community, I live in a place where a lot of people are retired. I have given you no reason to declare that I "love guns and racism". I have criticized the black community and culture. I have never said, "I hate black people." or "All black people are bad." I despise illegal aliens and the politicians who harbor them; that doesn't mean that I hate Mexican-Americans or even Mexicans for that matter. You have never read a single sentence in which I condemn all members of any race. BTW - My family includes a Korean, a Venezuelan, and an Argentine in addition to the Scots, English, and Germans.

    Posted by: Hagatha | Oct 8, 2013 2:47:08 PM

  3. @ "I have criticized the black community and culture. I have never said, "I hate black people." or 'All black people are bad.'"

    Oh, Lord. What was the name of the character that Bette Davis played in "The Letter"?

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 8, 2013 3:19:18 PM

  4. All the more reason to carry a gun if your state allows it. I don't support gun nuttery, but hate crimes against us gays would stop today if we armed ourselves and made sure the haters knew it. If Ben and Aaron had been armed and properly trained with firearms and self-defense, they could have faced down their attackers and escaped injury. Victimhood has no appeal to me. Nor does having somebody's boot print on my face. Expecting violent haters not to hate and not to bash is asking for a kick in the head. What good are police and hate-crimes laws AFTER you've been bashed? We can't appeal to the better angels of haters; they haven't got any. We CAN scare them off. Get armed and stay safe. Defend yourself. Nobody else will.

    Posted by: Jim | Oct 9, 2013 2:50:27 PM

  5. Hate crime is a daily reality. Just google White Girl Bleed a Lot: The return of racial violence to America.

    Posted by: Anila Abhay | Oct 11, 2013 4:20:19 PM

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