ISU Student & NOH8 Supporter Speaks Out on Attack

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012


While walking back from a party this past Saturday night, Illinois State University Senior Eric Unger was approached and beaten by a group of five to eight men who left him with scratches and bruises, three broken teeth, and a fractured jaw - which has been sewn shut to heal, making it difficult for Eric to eat or speak. The attackers yelled anti-gay slurs at Eric during the attack, who lost consciousness before finding himself alone again on the side of the road. The slurs lead Eric to believe that his attack could have possibly been a hate crime.

Eric, who is a family relations major set to graduate in only two weeks, is a NOH8 Supporter who posed for the campaign in April 2011 during our visit to ISU's campus. He has used his attack as a chance to put out a call to local police to improve campus safety.

There are currently no suspects in Eric's attack.

via Chicago Sun Times


Absolutely disgusting, hopefully these people are found and charged. It's pathetic that we still live in a society where people can't walk down the street without being hated on and beaten within an inch of their lives. This is a dangerous situation for everyone in the LGBT community and it needs to stop. I would love for NOH8 to come to Ireland and set up a Campaign over here. It's something I hold close to my heart and want to be involved in any way that I can. I hope Eris is healing ok and my thoughts are with him.

darren Liddy 04/26/2012 18:34

My apologies (typo) Eric*** not Eris!

darren Liddy 04/26/2012 18:36

I really hope Eric is doing okay now. I was going to do like a few others and send him a message on Facebook but I'm sure he's had hundreds of those already. I may still end up doing that but hopefully the profile that shows up with his NOH8 photo is his correct profile. If anyone who knows him and reads this, please pass along my well wishes to him and my hopes of a speedy recovery!

Andrew Jackson 05/04/2012 12:44

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