Why Hasn’t This Gay-Bashed Atlanta Man Come Forward To Report The Crime?

CBS Atlanta has shocking footage of a recent gay-bashing in Atlanta’s Pittsburgh neighborhood. Two different videos of the incident show three gang members viciously attacking a feminine-looking man as he exits a grocery store, yelling anti-gay slurs at him.The only problem with prosecuting the case? The victim hasn’t come forward. So, if you are the man who was violently attacked and called anti-gay names in Atlanta recently, now is the time to come forward.

Two videos of the account exist because a fourth gang member, claiming to be a member of the Jack Gang, videotaped the crime himself and posted it online yesterday. CBS also had footage of the grocery store’s surveillance camera.

Atlanta LGBT advocate Devin Ward says he thinks the man might not have come forward yet because of the stigma of being gay, especially in the black community. Ward hopes the police will investigate it as a hate crime.

“This man was assaulted,” said Ward, “and there were derogatory terms thrown towards him while he was being assaulted. That means it was a hate crime.”

Even the FBI is getting involved. Says United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates:

“Combating violent gang activity in our District, including the Pittsburgh community, is a priority of this office, as are any potential civil rights violations based on a person’s sexual orientation. Along with the Atlanta Police Department, we are working to determine if the actions portrayed in the video violate federal law, including the hate crime statute. The actions depicted in the video are appalling and unacceptable in our community, and we encourage anyone with information about this video to contact the FBI or Atlanta police.”

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  • CBRad

    Probably just scared of getting killed if he came forward.

  • Fitz

    Or the whole subculture of “Snitches get stitches”

  • Desdemona

    Even if the victim doesn’t come forward, these animals need to be arraigned! The video is disgusting and enraging. It’s ridiculous to begin with that these pathetic excuses for men feel the need to attack someone at all – let alone, just for being gay- but the moron attacks the guy from behind! Not only was it a dick move, but a pussy move! Then they all gang up on him, so it’s like 4 against one! They are cowardly fools who need to go to jail!

  • lucifer

    If he hasn’t come forward probably he has no memory.

  • lucifer

    @CBRad: I hope he come forward if he can remember.

  • lucifer

    @Fitz: That how snitches get stitches thing piss me off. The he should have gotten killed if he is not going to come forward.

  • lucifer

    I see some people just watching and someone hunks a horn. Are people afraid these days to intervene?

  • James

    It’s hard being black,gay and living in the hood.

  • Shannon1981

    I don’t care if he comes forward or not, there is filmed proof and it needs to be prosecuted.

    He could be a closet case, or just scared they’ll come back to finish him off…

  • CBRad

    @lucifer: I just meant that I disagree with Devon Ward in his assuming the victim won’t come forward because of the stigma of being gay in black communities. I think the victim is probably just afraid of getting killed by those he accuses or their cohorts. (While on the subject, notice how 9 out of 10 gaybashers always seem to have long prior criminal records? Probably no different here).

  • Kev C

    It’s possible the victim wasn’t a gay man. Just because some low-life calls someone a faggot, doesn’t mean it’s true. Being in the wrong neighborhood wearing skinny clothes or looking out of place can set off attackers.

  • LandStander

    @Kev C: Yes, but if you attack someone because you *think* they are gay, whether they actually are gay or not is irrelevant.

  • Kev C

    @LandStander: I agree, it was a hate crime. But we should be sensitive to those who are percieved as gay. They may not want to be identified as gay or as a victim of bias, so they may not report their attack for those reasons.

  • Allen D.

    Honestly, maybe he doesn’t want to come forward because a bunch of Queerty fuckheads will start going on about whether he’s “hot” or not.

    This site’s commentators make asses of us all.

  • 13Zeroither

    can we all please not say words that demonize women and all races. This includes slut, whore, “he’s such a pussy”, cunt, “that guy is such a bitch” for example. B-word (Latin/Hispanic), Ch*nk/Ch*nky (Asian) Camel J-word (Middle Eastern) N-word (African) for example.

  • Mike UK

    @13Zeroither: you’ll have more luck knitting fog, some people who come on here can’t help themselves!

  • divkid

    i’m with you on the racist terms — when used in their original function it’s solely as a tool to divide, exclude, and dehumanise.

    most gays use bitch and bastard interchangeably and gender neutrally. ditto slut and whore. so helping to uncouple it from it’s sexist origins; this is seeping into the mainstream. your welcome.

    moreover, sexual epithets judiciously and equally applied can be playful, earthy and life-affirming, or just plan fun!
    their use doesn’t necessarily entail any dehumanising aspect. for christ sake they’re actual biological things in the world; not manufactured concepts like “race” or “creed”. just body parts! (“cunt” was a matter-of-fact common place anglo saxon word). we all have a dick or cunt (some have both.) and we’re generated by both. own them and the words. and relax.

    your “problem” is merely the legacy of the church with its anti-materialist, anti-body, anti-sex shit [ooh sorry!] and the whole hateful repressive kit and caboodle supervenes on this taboo.

    till were over that, i, for one ain’t gonna stop using such terms.

    plus they a serve useful and startling punctuation point. ok, cunt!

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