Ohio's Gay Community Rattled By Three Alleged Hate Crimes

Gay Voices (The Huffington Post)
June 12, 2013

New York's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community may continue to be rattled after a series of alleged hate crimes. Now, however, a spate of incidents is making headlines in another state. A Northern Kentucky man told Ohio-based ABC affiliate WCPO that he was attacked outside of a Columbus bar on June 6 because he is gay. Chris Ashcraft said he was beaten unconscious by several men after he responded to one man's request for help with his car. The 25-year-old says he was "taken by surprise" but nonetheless insists he was targeted because he is gay: "It was a hate crime. I was hanging out at a gay bar. It's Pride Month."