Miami University Students Targeted in Anti-Gay Hate Crime

by: Jamie Anne Royce

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.

Note: This piece was originally featured on Stuff Queer People Need to Know and was reposted with permission. You can find the original here.

Jamie Royce is a fierce fancy femme and mobile media machine, working as a freelance writer, reporter, editor and photojournalist. She also blogs at Stuff Queer People Need To Know.


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