The director of Are You Proud?, a new LGBT documentary about the history of Pride, has been the victim of an alleged homophobic attack in London.
It’s reported by Screen that Ashley Joiner and the documentary’s producer, Dan Cleland, were walking through Seven Sisters tube station when a group of teenagers began targeting a non-binary member of their group.
Joiner was punched in the head, suffered brusing to his jaw and had his ear split - a wound which required 10 stitches.
This post isn’t me looking for sympathy. It’s a reminder that we as LGBT+ people aren’t always safe. That we must continue to fight for our liberation and the liberation of others. I am thankful to the amazing staff at the #NHS last night who stitched me up and made me feel safe. pic.twitter.com/ERD2wZL2ND
— Ashley Joiner (@ashley_joiner) August 6, 2019
Following the incident, Joiner posted a picture of himself displaying his injuries and wrote the following: “This post isn’t me looking for sympathy. It’s a reminder that we as LGBT+ people aren’t always safe. That we must continue to fight for our liberation and the liberation of others. I am thankful to the amazing staff at the #NHS last night who stitched me up and made me feel safe. Fuck the homophobes, fuck Boris and his homophobic cabinet.”
Speaking about the incident, Tom Abell, the managing director of Peccadillo Pictures, which is handling Are You Proud?’s UK release, said: “We were horrified to learn that Ashley had been attacked when he defended a friend from homophobic abuse. The cowardly bigots then ran away.”
“He bravely continued with the [film’s] tour despite being in considerable pain from the injuries, going on to Chester and Oxford... he will continue presenting the film in cinemas across the UK and festivals around the world.”
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