June 11, 2014 | by Staff reports
Gay man attacked during Detroit Pride
Christin Howard, Detroit, attacked, gay news, Washington Blade

Christin Howard was beaten at Detroit Pride in a hate crime that was captured on video and posted to YouTube. (Screen capture courtesy ABC 7 News)

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.

1 Comment
  • Wake up call to all you queens who think we’ve overcome and being gay is a non-issue. Just because you have a slew of legal victories regarding marriage equality and gay people appear to have a greater media presence doesn’t mean all those feelings of hate toward you that people have disappeared.

    Heck, racism is alive and well despite all the advances racial minorities have made and they have a longer history than we do fighting for equality. How could you reasonably think homophobia is any different?

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