A gay couple in London were beaten by a number of teenagers in London, leaving one unconscious.
According to the London Evening Standard, Walter Adrian, 23, and his partner, who has asked not to be named were approached by seven Bangladeshi teenagers who then assaulted the couple and called them anti-gay slurs, including ‘f*cking faggots’.
The attack happened on Whitechapel Road, after leaving a friend’s party, on the 13th June, just before midnight.
‘We weren’t even holding hands or kissing or anything, but all the comments were based on us being gay.
‘One of them said “f**king faggots” so we wanted to try and leave and my partner pushed one of them but then they got physical.
‘They punched him and then there were six or seven of them just going at us while we were cornered against the wall.
‘They were saying, ‘this is our street, this is our area, get out of here’, just because they thought we were gay. It happens a lot round this area and East London.
‘We weren’t even acting gay and that’s what’s upsetting. Whether anyone is gay or not you just can’t feel safe. You’re scared of being attacked and afraid to go out by yourself.’
Adrian was left unconscious, he has bruises to his head and stomach, while his partner had a swollen jaw.
The attackers were described as 15-to-18 year old Bangladeshis who were wearing dark sports clothing.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘We were called at 1.40am on June 13 to reports of an assault in Whitechapel Road. Investigations continue.’
Last year anti-gay incidents were recorded in East London, where a number of men were arrested after harassing a ‘gay looking’ man.