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Gay Bashings Still Happen in San Francisco So Let’s Wear Tight, White Pants in Protest

Having lived in the Bay Area since 1990, I still find it difficult to watch stories like this happening in our “bubble.” I know that I take my life in San Francisco for granted and never really think about being gay bashed. I also lived in the Marina for a number of years where this heinous crime took place.

Via SFist:

The story of 28-year-old Jeffery Lafayette’s beating by a group of guys on the Saturday before the Super Bowl went viral after he posted a video on Facebook in which he was trying to counter their hate with words of love. SFist first reported on the story Monday, but we now have confirmation of the location and circumstances of the attack, via a tearful interview Lafayette gave to CBS 5’s Mike Sugarman — the only interview Lafayette has agreed to so far.

The larger story here, of course, as Sugarman introduces it, is “Even in San Francisco, in the year 2016, there is gay bashing.”

And Lafayette can’t be sure if his attackers were from out of town and here for Super Bowl festivities, or if they lived nearby. All he knows is that they were white guys, and he says there were about 20 of them.

The incident took place Saturday night, February 6, outside the Hi Fi Lounge on Lombard in the Marina, and Lafayette says he was outside the bar on the phone with his mom when the attack began. He says he attracted the men’s attention because of his tight white pants. “When I looked around there was this huge group of guys and they started calling me ‘girly’ and they proceeded to call me ‘faggot,’ and they started approaching me… and they started spitting on me, and punching me, and I couldn’t take it. I couldn’t take as many hits as they were giving me, so I fell, and I cradled my face in the fetal position.”

I say we all wear tight, white pants in protest. What do you think?

Watch the interview below:

 

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