DETROIT — A gay man said he was attacked outside Detroit’s annual Pride celebration on June 8 because of his sexual orientation.
Christin Howard told the Detroit Free Press that a group of men beat him near Hart Plaza in downtown Detroit where Motor City Pride was taking place after he stopped to take a picture with a girl whom he said recognized him from Instagram. Howard told the newspaper he suffered a broken finger, bruises on his face and back and damage to his left eye during the attack.
A video of the attack has also been posted to YouTube.
“It scared me,” Howard told the Detroit Free Press. “Now every time I see a group of guys I get that same feeling that I’m about to be bashed or they’re about to say something. I feel like I have quick flashbacks and just jump a little bit.”
Detroit Police Chief James Craig has categorized the attack as a hate crime.