Gay man beaten up, loses hearing in Amsterdam attack

Even though the Netherlands is renowned for being legally gay-friendly, the victim believes his attack was 'inevitable'

Gay man beaten up, loses hearing in Amsterdam attack
17 June 2014

A gay man has lost his hearing after being beaten up in Amsterdam.

Ronald, 25, who has asked to be anonymous, was walking with his boyfriend along the canal with his boyfriend on 12.30am on Sunday (15 June).

When four men, roughly in their 20s, spotted the two had their arms around each other they started yelling homophobic slurs.

‘Dirty homos!’ one shouted, ‘Faggot cancer!’ another yelled, as Ronald replied: ‘Thank you, what a lovely compliment.’

He told Het Parool he did not shout back, or yell an insult back, and was therefore surprised when they reacted violently.

One of the attackers then ran up to Ronald, and threatened him.

‘I turned away and was hit on the side of my face, on my jaw and ear. It was so hard that three piercings were beaten out of my ear.’

When Ronald fell on the ground, he was kicked twice, before his attacker ran away with the three others behind him.

Ronald reported the incident to the police, and went to police. Thankfully, after he went to hospital, he was told his injuries were not serious and his hearing would return.

His hearing returned late yesterday evening (16 June).

Police have CCTV images of the culprits and will reveal them to the public if necessary.

While the Netherlands is renowned for being one of the most legally gay-friendly countries in the world, Ronald believes the homophobic attack was inevitable.

‘It had to happen some time,’ he said.

‘Let this then be my time. I have heard so often from friends recently that they have been hit in the city.’



No thumbnail available

Chandler Massey reflects on Days of Our Lives winning GLAAD Award

Actor who plays gay character of Will Horton accepted prize in San Francisco
No thumbnail available

Youtuber makes case for gay blood donors in tongue-in-cheek video

Brad Graham was denied being able to give blood because he’s gay, so he suggests a few funny changes LGBT people can make so they can start donating
No thumbnail available

How two friends became brothers and built a real gay family

Opponents of gay marriage say there is only one way to be a real family, but there is just as much love in a gay household with adopted kids
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Homophobic television evangelist Pat Robertson is apparently not transphobic

'I don't think there's any sin associated with that. I don't condemn somebody for doing that'
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

New Zealand considers HPV vaccine for gay youth

New Zealand’s Pharmacology and Therapeutics Advisory Committee is considering whether to give the HPV vaccine to boys but has suggested that it would limit vaccinations to those who are same sex attracted
No thumbnail available

Manchester prepares for Pride by freezing prices

Ticket prices freeze just in time for the annual summer gay rights festival
No thumbnail available

Gay couple win parenting blog award

Two moms from Dorset say they are ‘delighted and amazed’ to have scooped a top award for blogging about their family life together
No thumbnail available

Auckland Pride back after 12 years

Next February, Auckland Pride will return thanks to $100,000 funding from the city council