d’Larté, who performed at this year’s Out in the Square in Wellington, says he was attacked by a group of three men while walking alone in downtown Auckland.
“Well, I was dropping my friends off at party down at the Viaduct on Saturday night, and as I was walking back home, these three guys approached me and I think they must’ve thought I was a female because they were flirting with me. But they quickly realised that I was a guy and got so aggressive and were punching and kicking me and shouting disgusting homophobic comments,” he tells Aaron and Andy.com.
d’Larté says he will visit the doctor and Police today, and that he suspects he may have a broken nose and bruised ribs and spine.
He says three men initially began flirting with him, which led him to believe that maybe they thought he was female. Shortly after they began punching and kicking him while shouting homophobic comments. “While they were beating me they were yelling out things like how disgusting I am and that I am a burden on society and that they wish that they could do to the gays what Hitler did to the Jews etc.”
The streets are not safe for young gay men, he feels: “The reason I uploaded the photo is because I just want to use this experience to spread awareness throughout the LGBT community. Especially the younger ones. It’s not safe to walk alone.”
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