DETROIT (WXYZ) - The beating of a gay man was caught on tape at Detroit’s Motor City Pride, a gay and lesbian friendly event, held over the weekend.
The video shows 20-year-old Christin Howard, a gay man, fighting off attackers Sunday along Detroit’s Riverwalk as the gay pride festival happened in nearby Hart Plaza.
Howard says five to eight men attacked him. At one point, all the young men joined in on the attack as Christin was on the ground, helpless.
Howard says the attack was unprovoked and that he was getting a picture taken with a friend when the young men started circling, commenting on his long hair, calling him homophobic slurs and threatening violence.
“Then somebody said they had a gun,” said Christin.
Christin, who is a stylist, can no longer cut hair until his hand heals. He says he is emotionally damaged and hasn’t slept since the Sunday attack.
He’s strong in his gay pride, but doesn’t know if he’ll return to the gay pride festival.
“Will I go back to pride? I’m kind of iffy about it right now, because I don’t want that incident to happen again, what if the same guys are there?”