University of Cincinnati and Miami University communities protest anti-gay hate crime against students

Published 04/06/2012 by Sensi Boutique

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Photo: University of Cincinnati students, faculty and staff rally in response to an anti-gay hate crime at Miami University on a busy street corner with signs and rainbow flags. Photo source: City Beat, Google Images

Students, faculty and staff at University of Cincinnati rallied in solidarity with Miami University of Ohio students after a student from each school was brutalized in an anti-gay hate crime.

Miami student Michael Bustin and UC student Adam Voegele were attacked in Oxford near Miami’s campus March 24. Four attackers targeted Bustin and Voegele as they were holding hands while walking home at 2 a.m. from an annual drag show sponsored by Spectrum, Miami’s gay-straight alliance. The attackers screamed derogatory, anti-gay slurs before violently beating the two students.

“Every student should feel safe to walk through campus and our local communities without fear of brutal violence,” said Blake Jelley, president of UC Alliance and an organizer of the rally. “We urge students and staff at Miami and UC to take a stronger stance against anti-gay attacks and urge administration to take more proactive measures to ensure that our…

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