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Gay Teen Attacked by Atlanta Gang to Speak Out: VIDEO


On Monday I posted a hideous video of an Atlanta gang ambushing and attacking a gay teen outside a grocery store while laughing and calling him a "faggot".

Today, Brandon White, the teen attacked in the video, will speak out at a press conference, CBS Atlanta reports:

Before White speaks, an emergency safety meeting will be held at 10 a.m. for the Pittsburgh community at Iconium Baptist Church.  Greg Smith, the executive director of the HIV Intervention Project, or H.I.P., encouraged White to talk.

"He is doing what a lot of us would never do. He is standing up with courage," said Smith.

Smith was very passionate when he spoke to members of the Atlanta Black LGBT Coalition about White.

"Understand this, he is saying, 'I want to do something. Don't treat me like a victim.' His issue is everybody keeps looking at him like he was weak. He is not weak. Don't treat him like he is weak. Don't treat him like he is broken. Ain't nothing wrong with him besides his courage being broken. He wants to stand up and do something," Smith told the crowd.

Watch footage of Smith speaking to the Atlanta LGBT Coalition and the CBS Atlanta news report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I believe Brandon is 20 years old.

    But good for him for standing up and speaking out. I'm sure he is fearful for his security.

    Posted by: endo | Feb 8, 2012 11:28:55 AM

  2. I don't want to minimize his courage, but I must recognize that this is also adrenaline and anger speaking. Justifiable. I hope it's a decision taken with considerable reflection and discussion. In any case, it's a clear refutation of the stereotype that gay men are cowards and weaklings.

    You go, Mr. White; you are not alone.

    Posted by: Chuck Mielke | Feb 8, 2012 11:37:12 AM

  3. Amazing how cowardly the gang members are. How many of them did it take to blindside and attack a smaller man. Sick and weak describes the gang members not Mr. White.

    Posted by: Joey | Feb 8, 2012 12:13:39 PM

  4. Mr. White is a hero for coming forward.

    Posted by: Patrick | Feb 8, 2012 1:02:15 PM

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