A British gay couple were hospitalized following a brutal homophobic attack in Greece.
Identified only as Tristan and Vestal, the London-based couple were set upon when they left a gay bar on the island of Mykonos. They were attacked from behind and punched and kicked as they lay unconscious on the ground.
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Tristan, who remembers only seeing Vestal “pinned up against railings” and came to later to find his partner still unconscious, told the Sun:
“The attack has left us feeling really shaken up and after suffering from headaches, dizziness and general fatigue since returning to the UK after the incident, I have now also been diagnosed with post-concussion syndrome. We had to deal with the port authorities and the local police after the incident but all I wanted to really do for the rest of the holiday was lie in a darkened room. It was utterly depressing and emotionally very raw…”
“Vestal became conscious in the hospital, and couldn’t understand what had happened to us. It seemed that this was a homophobic assault and we just couldn’t grasp how unbelievable that was. We did nothing to provoke this. We’re so confused and, to be honest, still in shock.”
Friends of the couple have since set up a GoFundMe campaign to help Tristan who lost his front teeth in the attack. Their friend Daniel Hillman said:
“Anybody who can spare even a small donation to help with the costs of helping restore Tristan’s truly wonderful smile would be so appreciated. Tristan and Vestal are an amazing couple, they are positive, accepting, loving and will always support their friends and family in times of need.
“Through hard work and some hard times they stand tall as an example of true love.”
Police are investigating the attack, which took place in an area not covered by CCTV.
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