Homo Gay Bashing on Pike Street
posted by June 13 at 10:55 AMon
Some are wondering why we haven’t posted anything to Slog about this gay bashing…
Man may have been hit because he is gay
A man who was beaten while walking with his boyfriend last weekend may have been targeted because of his sexual orientation, according to Seattle police reports. On Sunday, the couple was together about 2:40 a.m. in the 700 block of East Pike Street when they heard someone utter a slur toward gay men, according to a police report.
The victim, a man in his 20s, turned and approached the man who made the comment. That man, who was with a group, punched the victim and threw him to the ground, at which point four to six others joined in the attack, according to a police report.
The victim suffered a cut behind his left ear. Firefighters treated him at the scene, a police report said.
The six bashers jumped into a car and fled after the assault. The victims got a license plate number and gave it to the cops. So hopefully there will be an arrest soon.
Why haven’t we written about this on Slog? Why haven’t any of the homos at The Stranger jumped on this? I don’t wanna speak for my pole-smoking colleagues—perhaps they’ll weigh in now—but I shied off posting anything because I would feel compelled to say this:
When there’s two of you and six of them maybe it’s not the best idea to “turn and approach” the guy that called you a name. Confronting bigots feels righteous, for sure, but righteous isn’t always wise. Sometimes we have to pick our battles, choose the time and place, and we also have to learn to recognize when circumstances—like, oh, being greatly outnumbered—call for deescalation, not confrontation.
For the record: I am not saying the guy that got bashed had it coming, or was asking for it, is to blame, etc. He’s the victim. Period. I’m only saying that turning and confronting six self-identified, very likely drunk bigots when you’re outnumbered three-to-one on a dark street at 2:40 AM is risky and unwise. Better to walk on by, flag down a passing cop, and point the potential bashers out to someone with a shotgun in his car.
But maybe the PI report got it wrong. If the victim is out there and wants to talk about what went down that night—and give us the license plate number, and descriptions of the bashers—give us a call. We’ll post more about this crime and what’s being done about it.