Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Attack Leaves Gay Auther near Death

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Attack Leaves Gay Auther near Death

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Gay writer and literary agent Robert Drake, 36, could be a character from one of his own novels. Drake, who penned a novel about a gay man's response to his partner's murder in a hate crime, is battling for his life in a Dublin hospital after being severely beaten in his own kitchen. Drake had recently moved to Sligo, Ireland, to research a novel he was writing. On the night of January 30, he apparently invited two men he met in a pub back to his apartment after closing time. In the course of the evening, the men found out Drake was gay and beat him nearly to death. Doctors believe that if Drake survives, he will likely suffer permanent brain damage.

Ian Monaghan, 21, and Glen Mahon, 22, were arrested and charged February 24 with the attack. The two reportedly are claiming that Drake made a sexual pass at one of them. But Drake's close friends say that would be out of character. "Robert isn't the kind of guy to pick up two thugs, take them home with him, and put himself in that kind of peril for sex," said Rawley Grau, a friend of Drake's from Baltimore. …

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