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Gay UK Bartender Targeted in Vicious Assault

A bartender from Leeds, UK describes a vicious homophobic assault two days before the city's Gay Pride festival, the BBC reports:

Leeds "The barman told BBC Look North he was walking from his work in the city centre to his father's home when he was approached by the men on York Road. They saw his wristband and asked if he was gay. 'I said 'yeah' - I'm not going to lie about it. They looked as if they were just going to walk off, then as they walked past one of them grabbed me and pulled me down and they just started laying into me.  I passed out while they were hitting me. One of them sat on top of me while the other was hitting me. And then I think one of them bit me and then they tried to strangle me.' He said the attack had affected him mentally as well as physically and he did not want to go out anymore. 'I didn't choose to be gay, I can't help how I feel about people,' he added. 'I don't flaunt it, I don't push it in people's faces, but when people are coming up to you and hitting you for being gay... I didn't think it would happen now, I thought everything was gay-friendly. But it's not at all.'"

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  1. OH NO! Another reason to be scared! :-/

    Posted by: Joseph | Aug 3, 2010 10:24:12 AM

  2. Don't be scared, be aware. I appreciate the postings about increased gay bashing around the world.

    As we achieve equality and acceptance in many countries there is bound to be a backlash. Many socially conservative or ignorant people will react with violence. It is disgusting and unwarranted but it is true.

    Even in an society that legally recognizes gay marriage and equality a lot of churches still preach hatred.

    Surprisingly gay bashing is on the increase in Vancouver, Canada. A recent article in Canada's Globe and Mail confirmed the fact. A spokesperson for Vancouver's West Enders Against Violence Everywhere stated :

    “We have come a long way, but we still have a long way to go. What we want is to be able to go outside without always having to look over our shoulders. That day may be coming, but it’s not here yet.”

    Posted by: excy | Aug 3, 2010 11:44:03 AM

  3. Very angering. But what make me more angry is the fact gay activists and gay people who have platforms will never acknowledge the hatred haterosexuals have for gay people and how that's the motivation of these attacks. Gay activists will never acknowledge the millennia long history of heterosexual oppression.

    Posted by: Bill | Aug 3, 2010 1:47:54 PM

  4. These creeps need to have multiple people to do their nasty work. They wouldn't dare stand up to someone one on one.

    Posted by: Joseph Singer | Aug 3, 2010 3:58:47 PM

  5. this guy needs therapy for PTSD & in fact all bash-victims should be offered it.

    Posted by: smallhandff | Aug 3, 2010 7:23:24 PM

  6. There's nothing basher hunting to get you back in the saddle. Just don't leave fingerprints or witnesses.

    Posted by: TANK | Aug 3, 2010 8:29:54 PM

  7. *like* basher hunting. And don't forget the line the trunk of your car with a plastic tarp.

    Posted by: TANK | Aug 3, 2010 8:33:39 PM

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