As the mourning continues for Jorge Steven Lopez Mercado of Puerto Rico and Jason Mattison Jr. of Baltimore — and as we wait to see what happens following an attack on Houston 16-year-old Jayron Martin — PinkNews in the United Kingdom has published a report about a 19-year-old gay man who was beaten by eight young men in Liverpool because they didn’t like his flamboyant style of dress.
The young man, who was not identified by name, suffered a broken nose and will have surgery next week to repair the injuries inflicted in the attack. He told Pink News: “I was bombarded with punches, I didn’t know where they were coming from. They were shouting, ‘what the f**k are you wearing?!’ I can’t even get on the train without suffering abuse. It’s everywhere I go. I wear colourful stuff, and lipstick, but if I didn’t it would be restricting how I want to be.”
He also said he had been attacked before, and that his ex-boyfriend needed extensive surgery after being assaulted 18 months ago.
Gay trainee policeman James Parkes was hospitalized with a fractured skull after being set upon and beaten by a gang of young men in Liverpool in October, and in August 2008, gay 18-year-old Michael Causner died after being beaten by two other teens, also in Liverpool.