Three gay men attacked in separate incidents in Columbus over past four days

June 10, 2013

Three gay men have been attacked in Columbus over the last four days, and LGBT advocates are warning people to be extra cautious in a month that celebrates pride and openness.

Late Sunday, an employee walking home from Union, a bar and restaurant in the popular Short North area, was beaten near Summit Street in Italian Village.

Chris Kratavil, the Union employee who was attacked on his way home from work, was still being treated at the hospital late Monday afternoon but was expected to be released soon, said Robert Younkman, a friend who manages Axis Nightclub.

He was punched from behind and then beaten and kicked, Younkman said.

“He has a black belt,” Younkman said. “If it had been a fair fight, it would have been a little more interesting. They would have picked the wrong little gay boy to pick on.”

Kratavil has spoken both to Columbus Police and BRAVO, Younkman said. He didn’t tell his friend whether his attackers said anything anti-gay, but Younkman said they didn’t rob him.

Friends posted photos of Kratavil, bloodied and bruised, on Facebook, and dozens have left messages of love and support.

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