Homophobe returned to bar with gang after spouting anti-gay slurs.
Two gay men say they were attacked by homophobes after the two were spotted kissing in an Irish pub reports New Now Next.
Gary Daly, 32, says he was with his date at a bar in Sligo Ireland and overheard another man ask, “are those two guys kissing?”
According to the report, Daly said, “A guy started demanding we leave the bar, but we refused and said ‘we have the same rights as anyone else to be here.'”
The man who called them out then left says Daly, but returned with about 10 other men who began to harass them using homophobic speech. Suddenly, it turned into a physical altercation.
“He caught me a cheap shot headbutt to the side of my face out of the blue and then they began punching and kicking us,” Daly said. “We tried to defend ourselves. I was able to subdue one of them, but then one of the other guys threw me down a flight of stairs into the beer garden. They then continued punching and beat us and started using the garden furniture to hit us and threw it at us.”
Defending his face, Daly says a man then bit him, “As they were leaving, the guy who bit me on the nose said, ‘I am not into that shit.’”
At the hospital, Daly said he was treated for bruises, cuts, and an injured jaw. And because of the bite he also received a Hepatitis B shot.
“After the attack I would second-guess kissing another guy in public,” Daly says. “It would certainly make me think twice about ever doing it again.”
Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer said in a statement, “Any attack of gay people has to be condemned in the strongest possible manner. It’s disappointing and upsetting to hear that two people were attacked for whatever reason.”
Sligo police are currently investigating the attack, Daly thinks there may be video evidence of the incident.