A gay man in Preston, Lancashire, has been hit over the head and kicked in the face by a gang of thugs during a homophobic attack.
Hotel receptionist Ryan Williams explained to Blog Preston: “My friends and I were heading to McDonald's for something to eat after a night out.
“There was a group of people nearby in the street and they started calling me and my friends gay.
“We went over and told them it’s not okay to say things like that.
“As I walked away then one of them ran after me and he hit me in the back of the head.”
Ryan posted an image of himself on Facebook following the attack in the town centre at the weekend.
He wrote: “I never thought in my life that I would get beaten up for being GAY! Wtf has this world actually come to, you’re all vile and disgusting!
“I want people to understand that being gay ISN’T a choice and I can’t help it, I’m sorry that you can’t deal with it but hey ho no need to knock someone out because of it!”
He added: “Stand strong and love yourself, this isn’t gonna stop me from being fabulous! BEING GAY IS OK!”
Lancashire Police have confirmed that the incident is being treated as a hate crime.
Image: Ryan Williams/Facebook
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