This Shit Doesn’t Happen in a Void

Part bingzillion in an ongoing series…

So much for ignoring bullies: Last Thursday night, openly gay Minnesota State University-Moorhead student Paul Marquardt was walking across campus around 11:30pm after leaving the school library when he was accosted by a group of men who began yelling anti-gay slurs at him.

Marquart … turned up his MP3 player in an attempt to ignore the men. The men then threw him to the ground, knocking him unconscious, and kicking him repeatedly. Marquardt regained consciousness several minutes later, but remembered very little of the attack. He was treated for a concussion, a separated shoulder, a broken wrist, and possible spleen damage.

According to an email from the Ten Percent Society of MSUM and North Dakota State University, a LGBT group, Paul’s doctor told him that if “Paul been smaller and less well built, the assault could have been fatal.”

Marquardt did not know any of his attackers. Police are investigating.

This shit doesn’t happen in a void.

[Via.]

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7 responses to “This Shit Doesn’t Happen in a Void

  1. No, it does not.

    When I got into weightlifting, my straight friends thought it was just because I wanted to attract other muscular guys. Truth be told, it was a defense mechanism; a good build fends off the average bully, and, when absolutely necessary, it can be a lifesaver.

    I hate that part of it.

  2. I attended that school for awhile. It’s a quiet campus and a nice town with lots of options and support for GLBT students and citizens. That’s really a shame that this incident occurred there.

    I have to echo some of what Bobby said. At 6’4″ and 225 mostly muscular pounds, I’m hardly a lightweight. I work out daily, and while most of my motivation is fitness, I do understand that my size and stature do play to my advantage when it comes to my safety. That said, I’ve never actually hit anyone (except for some creep in the 8th grade), and I’ve–so far–avoided any altercations with people because of my sexual orientation.

    Ignore and they’ll go away? Not always. Be cautious but prepared? Certainly.

  3. Yes! All Hail America, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave, unless you’re queer, while even though you’re acting more free and braver than most people; you’re still the devil!

    I know from what I speak, after living in Texas and coming out I’ve had death threats, vandalism on my vehicle, and sexual harassment.

  4. TheCunningRunt

    This just makes me sick. As a straight man, I feel like I have to wear the weight of these assholes like a goddam albatross around my neck.

    And you’re absolutely right, it doesn’t happen in a void. I just read the April Rolling Stone article on “BattleCry,” a radical “christian” youth organization which is training kids to FIGHT secular humanism with agro rallies culminating in dismembering manequins representing “sinful behaviors” with machetes. While most of the kids who attend these things won’t act on these prompts, some of the more disturbed ones (and there are plenty) WILL.

    We seriously need to enlist tough-guy Hollywood macho role models in a public campaign to LIGHTEN THE FUCK UP and accept people who are different than ourselves.

    Seriously, who is out there who might rise to that challenge? The NOT! category is friggin’ busting at the seams…

  5. GayAsXmas

    I am originally from Cork in Ireland and unfortunately for me, I am neither tall nor muscular. I have been repeatedly harassed there for being gay and once had a glass bottled smashed over my head after coming out of a gay nightclub. I am pretty sure the attack would not have happened if I had been more, ahem, imposing. Ireland’s acceptance of homosexuality is still in embryonic form and was one of the main reasons I moved to London.

  6. Ignoring bullies never works. I know this as a firsthand fact. Why the in hell do you some of these kids snap and buy a frakking gun?!

    How ’bout we arm all bullied people (gay or straight) with stun guns? Would that even the odds out a little?

    And you’re absolutely right, it doesn’t happen in a void. I just read the April Rolling Stone article on “BattleCry,” a radical “christian” youth organization which is training kids to FIGHT secular humanism with agro rallies culminating in dismembering manequins representing “sinful behaviors” with machetes. While most of the kids who attend these things won’t act on these prompts, some of the more disturbed ones (and there are plenty) WILL.

    But they’re just doing God’s work! :vomit:

    I want off this rock. Yesterday.

  7. Guest

    Try having class with him. He’s not hated because hes gay, he’s not liked because he’s annoying – Always making smartass comments trying to be funny. IF he was actually attacked without reason, I have a small amount of sympathy for him, but I hope they charge him with something for messing with the community’s emotions.

    http://www.in-forum.com/articles/index.cfm?id=164414&section=news

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