Miguel Marquez, the gay ABC News correspondents, says he wasn’t seriously injured during an attack in Bahrain’s Pearl Square, where he was reporting on the thousands of protesters taking a cue from Egypt, but it was frightening nonetheless. One the heels of CBS’s Lara Logan being sexually assaulted, Marquez says he “just got beat rather badly by a gang of thugs,” in an audio clip of the assault. “I’m now in a marketplace near our hotel where people are cowering in buildings,” he says afterward. As many in the media have been discussing, these attacks raise plenty of questions about whether Western media companies should be sending in journalists into the melee, with security or otherwise, and whether women like Logan and Christiane Amanpour in particular are at greater risk. Add to that list openly gay men: While it’s unclear whether protesters on the ground are much in tune with the sexuality of foreign reporters, in countries like Egypt and Bahrain, it’s another added burden. Or maybe not, when Bahrain police are just killing people willy nilly.
Meanwhile, Marquez is still missing something, and he’d like it back: