Brutal Attack at Detroit Pride Rally

Every year in June my friends at Equality Michigan put on the Motor City Pride event. Unfortunately, this year’s rally was marked by a brutal attack by as many as 8 men on one gay man near the rally site, which was caught on video.

The beating of a gay man was caught on tape at Detroit’s Motor City Pride, a gay and lesbian friendly event, held over the weekend.

The video shows 20-year-old Christin Howard, a gay man, fighting off attackers Sunday along Detroit’s Riverwalk as the gay pride festival happened in nearby Hart Plaza.

Howard says five to eight men attacked him. At one point, all the young men joined in on the attack as Christin was on the ground, helpless.

Howard says the attack was unprovoked and that he was getting a picture taken with a friend when the young men started circling, commenting on his long hair, calling him homophobic slurs and threatening violence.

“Then somebody said they had a gun,” said Christin.

It’s incredibly sad and infuriating that we still live in a society where this sort of thing happens.

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  • Chiroptera

    But remember, kids, gay people are the real terrorists!

  • http://atheist-faq.com Jasper of Maine

    It’s impressive that a single unarmed person was able to persecute 8 people simultaneously, foot-to-face style.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    Assholes in the media who say crazy shit about gays are the lubricant for attacks like this.

  • sinned34

    I can hear Alex Jones now: it was a false f*g operation to make manly heterosexual men look bad. The real victims here are the good Christian people fighting against gay terrorists.

  • Synfandel

    Today is provincial election day in Ontario, Canada. The current premier (think provincial prime minister), Kathleen Wynne, is the leader of the Ontario Liberal Party and an open lesbian with a wife. She’s up for re-election in a very tight race against Tim Hudak of the Progressive Conservative Party* and Andrea Horwath of the New Democratic Party**.

    What’s relevant about all this to the current blog post is that I have seen only one mention of her being a lesbian in the extensive press coverage of the campaigns, and that was in an article that merely remarked that her lesbianism has been a complete non-issue to voters. There are places where your sexual orientation elicits little more than a yawn.

    *The “Progressive” part of the name is a matter of historical accident. The PCs are the mainstream right-wing party.

    **The New Democrats are the mainstream left-wing party, roughly analogous to the British Labour Party or the German Social Democratic Party.

  • anubisprime

    Making a wild unsubstantiated guess here…these pilloxs of society are all god fearing jeebus sunbeams just helping their god out!

  • lldayo

    Remind me never to get into a fight with a homosexual. It took eight guys to get him down! Hopefully the police will find these jerks and charge them with a hate crime.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Hopefully the police will find these jerks and charge them with a hate crime.

    What color is the sky in your world?

  • lldayo

    What color is the sky in your world?

    Cloudy, with a small chance of hope.

  • D. C. Sessions

    Ah! May I suggest some Grateful Dead?

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nCYbRmSlW-M&w=640&h=390%5D

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Where are the police on this?Talk about a Hate Crime! I think it’s disgusting that a gayhomo is simply allowed to attack a group of HeteroAmericans like that.

  • http://www.thelosersleague.com theschwa

    “Hopefully the police will find these jerks and charge them with a hate crime.”

    Unlikely. hate crime laws, as we all know from emails forwarded to us from uncles and grandmothers, are reserved for pastors speaking out against gays from the pulpit.

  • Crimson Clupeidae

    One sad thing I’ve noticed many times in the last couple years, is how many of the anti-gay individuals are racial minorities. They use nearly identical language as anti-miscegenation goons of the 60s, and are completely unaware of the parallels.

  • Doug Little

    One sad thing I’ve noticed many times in the last couple years, is how many of the anti-gay individuals are racial minorities. They use nearly identical language as anti-miscegenation goons of the 60s, and are completely unaware of the parallels.

    Haven’t you heard racism doesn’t exist anymore, how would they know?

    Yeah, I wonder about that as well.

  • Matt G

    Yeah, well maybe all those gay gangs shouldn’t go around shouting heterophobic slurs and beating up straight guys! Oh wait….

  • Aaron Logan

    “Where were the police?“ God forbid any of these folks stop taking videos and use their phones to call 911, let alone intervene. Good lesson for gay men, even at a pride event in 21st century America you’re on your own.

  • sabrekgb

    @ 7 Ildayo

    “Hopefully the police will find these jerks and charge them with a hate crime.”

    How about they just charge them with assault/battery? The action is and should be illegal, regardless of the reasons for it. The punishment should be the same, be it because he was gay or wearing the wrong team logo. Hate is ugly, thought-crimes are uglier.