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  1. HereinDC says

    Should of stayed inside the Bar and Grill.
    There would be more witnesses INSIDE the restaurant.
    DON’T take it upon yourself to think you would be able to disarm the situation by leaving an establishment which most likely has cameras inside.

  2. QJ201 says

    Just show the intensity of the hate that the perps followed them out to harass them.

    And the straight guy who got hit…he is gonna get so much p*ssy over this.

  3. Jack M says

    I know we shouldn’t address violence with violence, but maybe it’s time some of these gay bashers got the crap beat out of them. Perhaps that would send a message.

  4. Zeta says

    That’s not what HereinDC is saying, Crispy. The point is to protect yourself. If you’re going to do the stupid thing and engage in a fight, then have witnesses.

    Don’t ‘step outside’ in order to prove ‘what a man’ you are, or whatever.

    The best solution of all would have been to diffuse the situation. We are not told what precipitated the confrontation in the first place. Since it’s not included, there’s the slight possibility that this Marine and his friends began it or at the very least helped to egg it on.

  5. Zeta says

    That’s not what HereinDC is saying, Crispy. The point is to protect yourself. If you’re going to do the stupid thing and engage in a fight, then have witnesses.

    Don’t ‘step outside’ in order to prove ‘what a man’ you are, or whatever.

    The best solution of all would have been to diffuse the situation. We are not told what precipitated the confrontation in the first place. Since it’s not included, there’s the slight possibility that this Marine and his friends began it or at the very least helped to egg it on.

  6. crispy says

    Nice, Zeta. You take blaming the victim to a whole ‘nother level.

    There’s no indication anywhere that they started or engaged in a fight. Yet you somehow manage to assume that. Your internalized homophobia is showing.

  7. HereinDC says

    THANK YOU ZETA. You are correct…I wasn’t blamming the victim…I didn’t want to write a big l o n g paragraph….

    There are plenty of younger people who are reading this article and maybe wouldn’t think they have the fulll right to STAY in the building and have protection.

    Just as if you are in a car wreck in the middle of the highway…..you stay in the care and NOT get out of your car and be exposed to other cars running you over. Stay in the car and call police. Don’t get out of the car…..
    Don’t leave the restaurant or bar or store or stadium or bus and be exposed to a more serious siutation of being left alone with these thugs following you.

  8. johnny says

    Descriptions of the attackers? Anyone follow them to a car to get license plate numbers? Anyone else come forward who witnessed this?

    Lots of missing parts here.

    Great that a marine stepped forward to protect his friends, but taking it outside gives the perps an excellent chance of taking things further and a great escape route with zero video watching. Not smart.

    Why not just dial 911 and get police there if they felt threatened?

    Glad they stepped forward with their story, but it should serve as an object lesson in what NOT to do in the future.

  9. bajasir says

    what’s missing is that since we’re talking about omahell, where it is still 1950-something, there is no safe place for LGBT people to truly be themselves openly. having spent 75 years there one year for my job, i absconded with my life and part of my sanity to the west coast. truly a scary, horrible town with nothing to recommend it, and a general population so small-headed that this kind of thing goes on all the time. the “old market” is the “happening” area in town, and it’s not even safe for gay people there… what else need be said?

  10. Eric says

    It can be a dangerous world out there. If it’s legal where you live, get yourself some quality pepper spray and learn how to use it. Ideally, get the pepper gel type so it doesn’t blow back in your face if there is a gust of wind.

  11. crispy says

    From Josh Foo’s Facebook:

    “This photo was taken soon after Ryan stood up for my friend and I after being called “faggots”,”disgusting”, etc. by a group of men at a restaurant who then followed us outside. We did not provoke this in anyway and also did not retaliate after the assault. Ryan, after being hit, paused and looked at the men and asked “Why”? which was the question we were all wondering since we did not do anything wrong besides be ourselves. What Ryan did meant a lot to me and I thank him for standing up for his friends and accepting them for who they are in everyway. He’s a great friend. The world needs more people like him.”

    Zeta, still not convinced that they didn’t start it?

  12. Jenny 0 says

    Hey Trolls; Ryan has more character in his big toe than you will ever have in your entire life.

    ‘Jesus’ thanks you trolls so much for taking that NOM hate-money you pocket after every hate-post.

  13. Rick says

    We don’t know all the facts, but what we do know is that, as one commonly observes, two gay men did absolutely nothing to try to defend themselves or help someone who was defending them–instead just standing there and demonstrating yet again the chronic physical cowardice that is one of the defining features of the “gay” culture of effeminacy.

    And instead of calling them out for their display of cowardice, most of the people commenting here think they should have either stayed inside the bar/restaurant or carried pepper spray–in other words, they should have acted like women.

    And speaking of acting like women, apparently one of the two “gays” was wearing a dress, so, yes, he brought this on himself by his own behavior–far from being innocent, his purpose, as is the case with all such effeminate “gay” men, was to demonstrate contempt for and hatred of, their own gender….which is what causes most men–understandably–to react to them in the hostile way they typically do.

    Not sure what the story on the supposedly “straight” Marine “friend” is, but what a shame that he wasted such an effort on a couple of effeminate, man-hating cowards.

  14. Rick says

    We don’t know all the facts, but I am clearly I giant homophobic, misogynistic, anti-effeminacy troll who has nothing better to do than criticize those who are openly and proudly LGBT while I rot away in my closet. I hate women (the point that is always at the center of my rants). I hate women almost as much as I hate myself.

    I know you’d all wish I would stop posting on here. But posting insulting comments on the internet is all I have to live for. So I won’t stop. You’ll just have to ignore me.

  15. crispy says

    Oh, Ricky. Harsh words for a sissy vegetarian.

    The fact is that you wouldn’t have been put in this situation in the first place since this restaurant serves manly meat that all real men eat.

    Go back to chomping on your kale chips, Miss Gurl.

  16. says

    I grew up in Omaha, but I was a late bloomer so I didn’t really investigate being gay until I was outta there. I’ve heard good things about progress there in the 17 years since I moved. I wonder if this is akin to whats been happening in NYC – the bigoted neanderthal element is getting worked up over losing ground and is acting up violently.

  17. anon says

    Most people have cell phones with cameras. You can use them to collect evidence of assault and who the perps were and pass the info on to the police. Just holding up a phone and telling the perps they are being recorded will probably get them to back down. Though it’s no guarantee.

  18. Rick says

    “a sissy vegetarian”

    That comment just demonstrates the degree to which effeminate gay men have simply internalized prevailing societal norms rather than challenging them–their attempts to mimic the behavior of women simply represents an acceptance of the idea that male heterosexuality equates to masculinity and male homosexuality equates to a lack of masculinity.

    Likewise, with the notion that eating meat makes one a “real man”. Right, because it is much more courageous to kill a helpless animal than it is to stand up and defend them against socially irresponsible people who not only engage in cruelty but who are destroying our planet by their actiona.

    You people are anything but radicals; you are nothing but self-hating, psychologically-damaged basket cases who perpetuate homophobia by viewing the world through EXACTLY the same lens that homophobes do.

  19. Rick says

    Everyone knows that posting anonymous comments on the internet criticizing women, effeminate men, and liberals is equivalent to being and out and proud gay man. I mean it certainly works for me. I don’t have to worry about making connections or having my heart broken, because I’ll never be in a situation where I would have people in my life who would care about me. My parents consider me a lost cause and no self-respecting LGBT individual would associate with the likes of me.

    I’m quite literally a toxic queen. I poison everything I leave in my wake. Unfortunately I haven’t found the balls to poison myself. So to take my mind off of it, I come to towleroad to post comments against the groups of people who actually have the balls to live life.

  20. crispy says

    Reading Rick’s comments is an exercise in mental contortion.

    ” the degree to which effeminate gay men have simply internalized prevailing societal norms rather than challenging them”

    Honey! Challenging prevailing societal norms is EXACTLY what men in dresses do.

    How can you be that dense not to realize you’re against yourself?

  21. Book says

    Why not stay in the restaurant and complain to management to get the haters kicked out??? I wouldn’t abandon my nice dinner over a few assholes who can’t behave. But I’d prefer to stay in the restaurant and make them leave, try to salvage what I could of my nice time with my friends. Stand your ground, people.

  22. Rick says

    Just the thought of those big, strong homophobes beating up a guy in a dress totally gets me hard, because my father would beat me up when he caught me wearing my mother’s dresses and then would make it up to me by letting me pretend to be my mom while I went down on him.

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