Ohio Straight Bar Gives Gay a Bloody Welcome

Ohio Straight Bar Gives Gay a Bloody Welcome

May 31, 2009 Hate Crimes LGBT News 6

Hate CrimeA group of gay and straight people headed out for a night of fun at a Mainville, Ohio bar called Tabby’s.  Patrons of the bar continued harassing the group asking which of them is straight and which of them is gay.  Finally, one of the men in the group, 31 year-old, Ronnie Robertson, spoke up and admitted to being a homosexual.  He was then attacked and received a broken nose and multiple lacerations to his face.

Two women have been arrested and police are still looking for two men believed to be involved.  Ohio does not have hate crimes legislation protecting people based upon sexual orientation; however, Ohio’s hate crime legislation does protect other minority groups.

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6 Responses

  1. Goombah says:

    There is no doubt this is a HATE crime and a sad example of why we need the Hate crime bill. Your site is one of the few that really highlighted this story and it’s disheartening to see this story ignored by corporate media. Your site continues to grow and expand to fill the void for real gay news. Thank you so much for your contribution to our community.

  2. s says:

    I don’t see anywhere that he stayed past closing and called Sara a “fat B—-” I also hear that he may be the son of a Warren county detective. He also has a baby and that leaves room to question what he is?

    • jaysays says:

      Although I see the potential relevance in his calling “Sara a ‘fat B—,'” to the story [dependent upon timing], I don’t see how his being the son of a detective changes the facts surrounding the case, although it may have a bearing on the investigation. As to his baby, many gay and lesbian people have children. Some born while the person was closeted, some from adoption, some from alternate means such as insemination and surrogates. Regardless of whether you believe him to be “gay” or not, he identifies as such, identified himself as such during the harassment over sexuality and continues to identify as such. I’d be more than happy to discuss these issues with you more. You can contact me directly via the contact page.

  3. Danger dad says:

    All violent crimes are “hate crimes” and noone deserves their attack to be taken more seriously than an attack to any other innocent.

    • jaysays says:

      Danger dad: I certainly appreciate your argument there, but hate crimes legislation has been in place for numerous groups for years. It is not about prosecution of a crime against an individual, which is the "violent crime" law I believe you are thinking about, but about prosecuting crimes against "groups" of people based upon a bias. The phrase "Hate Crime" is one I've never cared for, but the most recognized.

      For example, in the 60's (and regrettably now) attacks take place against members of a minority to send a message to other members of that minority. The whole – we don't want you people here – beatings. That's what hate crimes legislation is about, not simply about a violent crime against a person. Thank you for visiting!

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