April 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm EST | by Staff reports
Gay tourist attacked in Miami Beach
Miami Beach, gay news, Washington Blade

Jordan Schaeffer (Screen capture via WTVJ – NBC6)

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. — A gay man claims he was attacked last month in Miami Beach because of his sexual orientation.

Jordan Schaeffer told WTVJ, a Miami television station, that he and his partner were inside the Burger King Whopper Bar on Washington Avenue on March 14 when he was attacked.

A surveillance camera shows a man attacking Schaeffer and holding him on the floor. Pictures that Schaeffer provided WTVJ show swollen lips and other injuries to his face.

“It was just a simple kiss with my boyfriend,” Schaeffer, who lives in Los Angeles, told WTVJ. “Then right after that kiss, I started walking over and that’s when I was approached by this gentleman.”

“‘Why don’t you show if you’re tough or not you little faggot,'” said the man, according to Schaeffer.

WTVJ reported that police in Miami Beach are looking for two men in connection with the attack who were seen in the surveillance video.

  • I sincerely hope that they find and charge those two people who did this.

  • Why did it take so long for bystanders to help? Also, why didn’t they try and restrain the assailant for police? Getting away after the assault only emboldens others to do the same.

    Obviously being gay does still matter in America to some people more than many would like to believe. This is why I’m am and will continue to be a strong advocate for places like gay bars where you can feel safe about being open about yourself and expressing interest in other men without fear of violence.

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