A Northern Kentucky man says several men viciously beat him outside a Columbus, Ohio bar Thursday evening because he is gay. Chris Ashcraft, 25, says he was smoking outside a bar in Ohio’s capital when a man came up to him and asked for help with his car around 9:30 p.m. Instead of a thank you for his assistance, the Crescent Springs resident was attacked by several men who left him unconscious in an alley outside Southbend Tavern in Merion Village. “I was taken by surprise. I don’t really remember much from that point on,” Ashcraft said, recounting what he could remember of the incident.