Gay Bashing

Oregon Duo Beat Up on the Beach


A spring break trip to the Oregon coast was short cut by a vicious gay bashing for two nursing students from Western Washington.

The two men, Samson, 22, and Kevin, 22, said they left a campfire to walk along the beach during what was supposed to be a stress-free getaway. But the walk itself was anything but stress free — the two were beaten unconscious late Saturday night.

When Samson and Kevin finally came to, the two nursing students knew just how serious their injuries were.

“The whole event — I really don’t remember a lot, because I sustained a lot of head trauma,” said Samson.

“I’ve never had a face trauma like this or anything like that. It’s pretty bad,” Kevin said.

Thinking back to the attack, the two men said they believe it was their sexual orientation that made them a target.

“All of the sudden, someone asked if were gay, called us ‘fags,’ then started punching us,” said Samson.

[Komo News]

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  • kevin (not that one)

    Urgh. This just breaks my heart.

    But have you ever noticed how many LGBTs work in healthcare? I think that says a lot about the service our community chooses to provide to the general population.

    Despite the hate we endure from the dominant culture, so many of us choose to go into the healthcare, education, librarian, EMT/Fire Department and fashion/style fields.

    Okay…that last bit was meant to be funny. Just had to relieve some of the tension caused by this horrible event.

  • J

    Sickening. … I’d bang the guy on the left, mind you.

  • Tom

    Why would someone beat up The Church Lady? That’s not very special.

  • Mike

    Just when I start to get a little faith in humanity something like this happens.

  • Mr. Enemabag Jones

    “But have you ever noticed how many LGBTs work in healthcare? I think that says a lot about the service our community chooses to provide to the general population.”

    Here’s an interesting article from 2004 that showed the huge numbers of LGBTQ caregivers who are taking care of our families:

    I know when my father had his stroke and my parents both needed more looking after, my siblings used my sexuality as an excuse to not do their fair share. I was already caring for my parents on a daily basis–doing their yard work, house cleaning, shopping, etc.; but it was how my siblings used the, “You don’t have kids” excuse to not help out more. Which is odd, because every time they needed help with their kids–babysitting; rides to after school activities, etc.; I was the first person they called.

    I work, care for my parents, (although it’s easier since they moved into an assisted care home,) run the household with my partner, and I still have time for some outside interests. But I still remember as a kid, sitting in church hearing our priest tell us that sodomites don’t love anything except satisfying our debase desire.

    The saddest part was when my parents sold their house and my siblings swooped in and started dividing up our parent’s assets and my mother stated that my siblings would be getting the lion’s share of their money because–you guessed it–they have kids and I don’t. It was surreal watching my family argue about how little I should get, while they all ignored how much I contribute to the care of our parents.

  • scott

    that’s messed up.

    ugh. and then new, new Queerty looks is EVEN WORSE than the new Queerty look. Shoot that designer.

  • boricua.chick

    My heart goes out to these young men.

    @scott: I totally agree with you on the Queerty redesign. When I got to the page this evening and saw all the pictures, I was like, WTF? The dumbing down of Queerty?
    We can read, you know. Text is good.

  • Carsen Tyler

    @kevin (not that one): That is so true, as a kid when I spent a lot of time in the hospital. A lot of the nurses and doctors I had were LGBT. Plus all the social workers who had my case were LGBT. It was a bit soothing as a kid to know that LGBT people were more then what I heard in church and on the TV. And when my parents tried to keep me in the psych ward after they found out I was a lesbian. A bunch of the nurses and doctors that I had growing up showed up to talk with my parents and that was amazing. Sure my parents haven’t really changed too much, but at least they have it in their faces that people that they consider “good people” can be LGBT. And I am greatful for that fact.

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