Ohio's Gay Community Rattled By Three Alleged Hate Crimes

Gay Voices (The Huffington Post)
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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."