November 19, 2014 at 3:30 pm EDT | by Staff reports
Gay N.C. man dies after brutal attack
Stephen Patrick White, gay news, Washington Blade

Stephen Patrick White died after a vicious attack. (Photo courtesy Facebook)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A gay North Carolina man who was brutally attacked earlier this month has died.

The Associated Press reported that Stephen Patrick White succumbed to his injuries at a Winston-Salem hospital on Nov. 15.

The news wire said Garry Joseph Gupton beat White, a U.S. Army veteran, in a Greensboro hotel room on Nov. 9 after the two men left Chemistry Nightclub, a gay bar. Local authorities told the Associated Press that Gupton beat White before setting the hotel room on fire.

White’s partner, Alex Teal, told the Associated Press that doctors amputated most of White’s arms because of injuries sustained during the blaze.

Gupton has been charged with first-degree murder.

QNotes, an LGBT newspaper, reported that local authorities are not investigating White’s death as a hate crime. North Carolina’s hate crime statute does not include sexual orientation.

QNotes reported Chemistry Nightclub and Q Lounge, another gay bar in Greensboro, are raising money for White’s family.

Stephen White’s death is a tragic loss for the Greensboro community and North Carolina,” said Chris Srgo, executive director of Equality North Carolina, a statewide LGBT advocacy group, in a statement. “Equality NC promises to follow this investigation closely to ensure that it is thorough and justice is served.”

9 Comments
  • When a gay man attacks and beats another gay man, charges shouldn't be filed as a hate crime, as there is not hate bias. There is no reason to distort an already terrific event and make it worst. While I can appreciate the author's attempt to draw attention to the fact that NC doesn't include sexual orientation as a protected class, but lets not extort this man's passing in an attempt to highlight the short fall of NC hate crimes laws

  • When a gay man attacks and beats another gay man, charges shouldn't be filed as a hate crime, as there is not hate bias. There is no reason to distort an already terrific event and make it worst. While I can appreciate the author's attempt to draw attention to the fact that NC doesn't include sexual orientation as a protected class, but lets not extort this man's passing in an attempt to highlight the short fall of NC hate crimes laws

  • Where does it say that Gupton was gay too?

  • they met at a gay bar and went back to his hotel…. let's be real

  • Vincent Martin You know who else did that? Colin Ireland. He wasn't gay, he just preyed on gays.

  • I think you meant horrific, not terrific.

  • There is not enough information in the article to support either argument, although Mr. Martin is uding available fact to draw conclusion. Mr. Cutler is using lack of fact to pass a judgement. Both arguments are flawed. I would need much more evidence to rule on exactly what kinf of crime this is. I don't know if there were drugs involved, causing such rage. I don't know why they ventured back to the hotel room. I don't know why Mr. White's partner has not supplied a statement in support or condemnation of the act, his partner, or the situation in general. Just too much missing information. By design? Perhaps!

  • Vincent Martin What do you mean "let's be real?" What sort of twilight-zone do you live in where only gay men go to gay bars? Not only do straight men go to gay bars with their gay friends, but straight men have long gone to gay bars to pick up a gay man to rob or bash. Lets be real, only gay men go to gay bars in 2014 is just about the silliest thing I've heard anyone say in ages.

  • I guess the moral of the story is don't take strangers home from the club to a hotel room especially when you'er married. #fix your marriage

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