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Seattle gay man chased, beaten by five attackers hurling anti-gay slurs

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Seattle gay man is recovering from an early morning attack on Monday in which he was chased and beaten by a group of three men and two women who began by taunting him with anti-gay slurs.

Jason Jacobs

Jason Jacobs, 37, said he was attacked shortly after midnight in Seattle’s Capital Hill neighborhood after the group noticed his pink shirt and shoes.

Jacobs suffered a broken nose, minor lacerations to his face and knee abrasions, according to Seattle police. Jacobs staggered toward a nearby Starbucks where someone called police and stayed with him until an ambulance arrived.

Jacobs said the attack occurred as he was walking home and that he was hurt so badly that he doesn’t remember much after his assailants started to punch him. He is hoping that more people will come forward who witnessed his beating and offer police better descriptions of his attackers.

“I was unconscious for quite a while,” he told KIRO-TV “I’ve got a broken eye socket, two broken ribs, my nose is broken and I have a major concussion.”

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Jacobs said he believes he was attacked because he is gay.

The Seattle Police Department is investigating the incident as a hate crime.

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  1. Articles make me sick to think that someone would be violently attacked for their beliefs and private actions. Thought we lived in the “home of the free”.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:43am
  2. There´s a meme floating around:

    “I see humans, but no humanity”

    I think we found a perfect example.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:43am
  3. Horrible!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:43am
  4. That ship sailed a long time ago Lu Ann, unfortunately.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:44am
  5. Love you Jason Jacobs I really am proud you´ve used this for education for others and although I know this sucks you´re true heart and love for mankind will make this right.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:44am
  6. :( heart-breaking

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:46am
  7. This is terrible, I wish you well

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:46am
  8. So sick of these stories. When will the judicial system send a message by making an example of these anti- gay attackers?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:47am
  9. this would never happen to me. i keep a pistol on my ankle. make my day anti-gays

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:47am
  10. So Very Sad Another Gay Man Attacked, Stop This GayBashing PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:47am
  11. I hope he makes a swift recovery, and finds justice. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:48am
  12. :´(

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:48am
  13. Damn shame we even have to go that far Shane.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:50am
  14. Proud of u Jason for turnin ur neg into a pos! No one shld ever have to go thru this! Xoxo

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:52am
  15. Just disgusting 5 brave individuals against one man….hero´s…NOT.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:54am
  16. joaquian, i wouldnt kill anybody. i dont need to. if pointing a gun at somebody wont calm them down. shooting them in the kneecap will. now thats pain

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:55am
  17. :-(

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:55am
  18. also i live in Texas, so i keep on guard

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:55am
  19. Wow seattle I thought we were past this.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:55am
  20. Where the hell do those people think they are – Russia?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:56am
  21. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:58am
  22. How can anyone “Like” this?? WTF?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:59am
  23. These bashings make me so sad. Wish it was me they had come across. What fun.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:59am
  24. … ATT: Nathan Sobers!?! Be-CAREFUL!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:00am
  25. This is when you need the dislike button.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:00am
  26. heartbreaking!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:00am
  27. wow and i hope all those people got o jail and get beat

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:01am
  28. I have been beaten twice and suffered brain injury because of them and they got acquitted. Later found guilty in Civil Court but no lawyer in the Country will go after the settlement. The courts don´t work in Canada, obviously they don´t in the USA either, so I pity the poor bastards that try to again. They won´t be going to court the next time.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:01am
  29. like russia

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:02am
  30. I hope he gets justice he needs from those wankers.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:02am
  31. The violence against gays is just shameful. My thoughts and prayers are with him.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:05am
  32. Prosecute !!! Put the jackasses behind bars !!! Guess we queers need to start kickin´ some breeder ass !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:07am
  33. oh u know if they r sent to prison they gunna need to b in solitude or they´ll end up someone´s bitch

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:10am
  34. I really have to go to New York and kill some straight guys .

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:13am
  35. in most islamic countries the attackers would be given a praise

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:14am
  36. Time to get a gun and be ready to use it at ANYTIME ANYWHERE…..

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:14am
  37. oh no !

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:15am
  38. oh my god have them sent to prison teach them a lesson I noticed there was 5 attackers not 1 on 1 the f..king cowards they mite not be so brave behind bars tho do it for ur own pride stand up to em the god damn losers

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:15am
  39. Where is the love for fellow man. Sad day in Seattle…I expect better from this city!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:15am
  40. oh myyy

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:18am
  41. Horrible behavior

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:18am
  42. This world is so sick and twisted there needs to be change…there is so much hatred it sickens me…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:22am
  43. I just want to ask why? Why does this still happen?

    But I´m not actually surprised, and I think that´s worse.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:24am
  44. Okay, so I´m told that Capital Hill is Seattle´s prominent gay neighbourhood. So not only is it horrible that this happened, it happened on our turf, in our backyard. This was not random, these people were looking to do this.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:28am
  45. pack animals..need to be put down

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:29am
  46. Disgusting !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:34am
  47. So horribly wrong.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:42am
  48. sometimes I just hate people

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:42am
  49. How can we send messages of support and love to Jason? ♥

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:44am
  50. This is awful.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:01am
  51. I would have jumped in to defend him.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:02am
  52. Guns, carry guns.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:07am
  53. guns, tasers, pepper spray, pocket knives. dont let yourself be another victim. you are your first defense after all

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:10am
  54. What is this fucking Russia? We shouldn´t tolerate this kind of abuse here in our country, we need to fight back somehow or someway.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:12am
  55. “An eye for an eye and the whole world goes blind.”

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:12am
  56. Cowards always gang up to attack one person, it seems.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:14am
  57. And people think everybody will support the boycott in Russia? Look at all the homophobic people here in the U.S.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:15am
  58. I can´t like this post. But, thank you for the news item, LGBTQ Nation.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:16am
  59. :( This makes me sad.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:18am
  60. How can people “Like” this? It´s sick, why can´t people learn that it´s okay to be different. Gosh, being gay doesn´t effect another now does it? Because overall the person who has come out, they are the ones being effected. I proud to everyone that has, It takes a whole bound of courage to be able to come out and deal with what haters will say.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:31am
  61. this shit needs to stop

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 6:42am
  62. Emily-Jane Kothke: I liked the article because it is important that everyone know this goes on, not because of the attack itself.

    My only response to the article is, time for all LGBTQ persons to learn how to defend themselves against violence.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 8:16am
  63. I hope they catch those assholes!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 8:22am
  64. Sad…and here in the USA.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 8:33am
  65. Sad

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 8:42am
  66. and sadder because it´s not uncommon.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:16am
  67. Worst than any 3rd world countries….!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:17am
  68. Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:25am
  69. People need to start respecting others. Just because we don´t agree in some things, doesn´t give us the right to harm another human being. This is so wrong, in many ways.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:42am
  70. THis is happening more and more often. Just this past June there were several guys attacked and beaten in Columbus Ohio. The best advice is to never go anywhere alone if it can be helped and be aware of your surroundings.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:54am
  71. In this day and age, this just SICKENS ME!! I hope those pieces of shit are found and stuffed away so far into the prison system they never see the street again! I just can´t believe the hate in people in this younger generation, I think time out is no longer working for the kids Mom´s and Dad´s…BEAT THEIR ASSES when they do things wrong and instill some fear in them and show them there ARE consequences to their actions!! These punk ass kids fear nothing or nobody today.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 10:19am
  72. Americans wants to disparage the Russians for their intolerance, yet in the last month or so we have gay men murdered in New York and Washington DC and acts like this are all too common here.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 10:28am
  73. Cruelty of humans sometimes amazes me

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 11:05am
  74. I hope they catch them. I wish they could beat them the same as they beat this man. Never forget we are all created equal!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 11:23am
  75. The men will probably just get a slap on the wrist, if that much. Where is justice in this country!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 11:40am
  76. So sad.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:33pm
  77. thats just not right, i would so like beat that guys butt

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:39pm
  78. oh, my…..and we talk about Russia and other countries…..God forbid….poor fella.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:47pm
  79. This is what they do in Russia too.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:49pm
  80. Meanwhile, while the world points fingers at Russia,….

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:58pm
  81. This is ridiculous!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:06pm
  82. You should respond with bullets!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:07pm
  83. I can´t believe the ignorance that surrounds us. Our prayers to this man and his family. I hope they catch the members of that group and give them a speedy trial and then send them to prison for a very long time.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:25pm
  84. and if we fight back, the media will make a spectacle of it calling it The Gays at War!! damn right!! if ever I encounter such situation I make sure I kill one of them… Stand your ground!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:31pm
  85. :(….

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:53pm
  86. JEEZ!!!!!!! How HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:54pm
  87. It´s very distressing that this happened at all. But in Seattle of all places? Seattle, home of Dan Savage? That´s so much more worrying. :/

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:56pm
  88. Not saying this isn´t horrible, but this kind of stuff happens to trans* people all the time (and non-straight and non-gay people to a lesser extent)… Why does this kind of thing only get covered when it happens to gay people?

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 2:58pm
  89. Wow

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:01pm
  90. And we complain about Russia? Maybe its time to fix our own countries, so sad…. Call it diversity? Dont think so…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:02pm
  91. So sad. Hope he gets better asap. Hopefully someone will come forward with some suspects. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:03pm
  92. Because Russia is a good scapegoat for the ignorant.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:04pm
  93. I think we should all just start packin´ heat. Fill some of these assholes with lead and people might think twice before they do something like that again.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:04pm
  94. I read about this happening to trans people on LGBT nation all the time as well.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:07pm
  95. Get well soon, why people do such cruel things to someone who´s doing nothing wrong to them or even affecting their freaking stupid lives! Shit! Leave “sunshine” alone!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:08pm
  96. Russia is not place for humans. All humans leave Russia now! so long you can!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:08pm
  97. Just because this sort of thing closer to home doesn´t mean that we shouldn´t challenge the draconian laws in Russia. We can stand with Jason and the LGBT community of Russia,, they aren´t mutually exclusive.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:09pm
  98. So sad

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:11pm
  99. :( This shouldn´t happen at all, to anyone, just because they´re different. We´re ALL different, and we need to accept this fact. We are all human.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:26pm
  100. it is disgusting that people could be ignorant enough to do this….hope justice is served.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 3:45pm
  101. The even took place not to far from where I live. He is friends with a friend of mine. Seattle had issues with a Neo-Nazi Russian getting young people to go beat up Gay men. I think the current political heat with Putin is starting this up again. The local SPD needs to step up and take more action than in the past.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:03pm
  102. we need to run in packs and carry mace and a tazor.. sad..but i carry both…u never know what bigots will do…crazy fxcks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:11pm
  103. Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:24pm
  104. I was going to like this but this shit is nothing to like stupid people

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:27pm
  105. The men who attack gays for being gay are most of the time men themselves who are living deep within the closet and getting fingers shoved up their ass when wife is away!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:28pm
  106. Really sick ass ppl out in our country of the free to go round doing this to another just because…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 4:31pm
  107. Disgraceful. My heart goes out to this man.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:18pm
  108. Sick assholes! They need to be hanged!

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 5:46pm
  109. Let´s see if they use the hate crime on these BAST_RDS. Seems they always get the hate crime dropped. This is a HATE CRIME.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:02pm
  110. Horrible. Sadly there are more sick scumbags than gays.

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:14pm
  111. THIS WHY WE NEED TO ALWAYS RUN IN PACKS LIKE THE REST OF THE CLICKS IN THIS FUCKED UP WORLD!! My condolences to Mr Jacobs and his extended family. This must stop every where !

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:20pm
  112. O.my …..so sed….

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 7:28pm
  113. So sorry this happened to you, I wish you a speedy recovery

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 8:08pm
  114. So sorry this happened to you…

    Posted on Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:35pm