A 20-year-old gay man was savagely beaten Sunday by a group of attackers as revelers descended on Detroit for the city’s gay pride festival.
Christin Howard told a local ABC affiliate that he was getting a picture taken with a friend along Detroit’s Riverwalk, just outside the Motor City Pride event, when the young men started circling him and shouting homophobic slurs.
Video taken by a bystander shows Mr. Howard being attacked by at least six men. At one point, the victim is curled up in a fetal position on the ground as the group continues to deliver blows.
The LGBT advocacy group Equality Michigan issued a statement in response to the video.
“Equality Michigan is saddened and disturbed to learn of this alleged anti-gay hate crime right outside the gates of the Motor City Pride celebration,” the release said. “Unfortunately, this is a tragic reminder that we still have a lot of work to do to ensure that LGBT people can walk down the street without fear of violence.”
Motor City Pride Chairman David Wait said he was “sorrowful and troubled” when he learned of the attack.
“Motor City Pride’s number one goal is to provide a safe space for our communities,” he said in a statement. “We are already taking steps to work with the Detroit Police Department to review and revise our safety and security plans for next year. We also appreciate the swift efforts of the Detroit Police Department to investigate the attack.”