Miami University students targeted in anti-gay hate crime

Photo: Headshot of Michael Bustin, a white college-age man with short dark hair, glasses and a white hoodie. Photo source: Google Images, WLWT

Michael Bustin | WLWT

Two gay Miami University of Ohio students were attacked walking home from a charity drag show near campus March 24.

“I was just walking my friend back from the drag show that was being put on,” Michael Bustin said to WLWT. “We were both holding hands for a few seconds. There was nothing to it. We were just holding hands.”

Bustin heard someone yell a derogatory anti-gay slur before four men walked up to his friend.

“Out of nowhere, he started punching (my friend). I got in the way of the two, saying we wanted to go home. We didn’t want any harm. Then, I got sucker punched twice in the face,” Bustin said.

This isn’t the first incident like this at Miami University. In an eerily similar April 2010 attack, two students were assaulted at a drag show at Stadium Bar & Grille after anti-gay hate slurs were shouted at them.

The attackers hit Bustin several more times before fellow students stepped in.

“If they weren’t there, I’d probably by lying in the hospital right now,” Bustin said.

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3 thoughts on “Miami University students targeted in anti-gay hate crime

  1. I’ve said it elsewhere, these bigots know they are increasingly irrelevant, which is why they are pushing so hard right now. Not that we should rest on the advances we have made. We have to keep on pushing, keep on educating and keep on prosecuting people who make these kinds of attacks. Give it time, and continued effort on our part and there will be no question in the collective narrative how this sort of behavior should be treated.

  2. Pingback: Miami University Students Targeted in Anti-Gay Hate Crime « In Our Words

  3. Pingback: Miami and University of Cincinnati students rally for hate crime survivors « Stuff Queer People Need To Know

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