An 18-year-old teenager says his confidence is gone and utterly embarrassed after the attack
A British bisexual teen has spoken out after a brutal homophobic attack in Preston..
Richard Scott Kennedy, 18, was on his own after a night out at the Evoke nightclub on 26 February, at around 3.30am.
The theatre student said he was violently assaulted by a group because of his sexuality, with the gang stomping on his face causing his teeth to go into his gums.
Writing on Facebook, he said: ‘Here is my face after a homophobic attack, four of my teeth are gone, not fallen out but deep inside my gums and cheek, one is sitting under my cheek inside my gum on the right side bottom of my nose.
‘My face is swollen and it was worse yesterday, both my knees are badly injured and I struggle to walk and my hole face is constantly throbbing and I’m now on four tablets a day for pain and infection and may require surgery to sort the damage.
‘All of this and what was their motive? because of my fucking sexuality. needless to say it’s absolutely disgraceful to violently attack someone because of who they are.
Kennedy added: ‘My confidence has gone, im utterly embarrassed to be seen in public, the only reason I am putting this picture up is because I want you to see me as an example.
‘An example why homophobia is wrong and it’s disgusting that it’s still around in 2014.
‘Society needs to get a grip, people are who they are, people are different, people are gay, straight, bi, transexual, black, white, asian, fat, skinny, small and tall but regardless of who they are and what they look like they are still human.
‘There is more to people than their sexual preference and what they look like.
‘This is just another homophobic attack that happens every day, but it needs to stop, this is wrong, this is disgusting and using sexual preference as a motive to be violent and abusive is utter inhumane.’
Over 25,000 people have shared his story on Facebook and supported him after the attack.
‘No matter what, no one deserves to be attack for being true to who they are or what they look like. Stop ignoring it,’ Kennedy said.
‘I want people to use me as an example, I want people to see what can happen if you are as stupid as me to be alone on a night out, be safe, stick with people you know.
‘I thought it would never happen to anyone I know, never mind myself. Please, honestly be safe.’
Police are appealing for information into the incident.
A police spokesperson said: ‘This was a nasty and seemingly unprovoked assault and we are investigating the possibility that this was a homophobic hate crime.
‘We treat all incidents of this nature very seriously and a further statement is currently being obtained from the victim.’
An investigation is underway and police are appealing to anybody that witnessed the assault to contact them on 101 quoting log reference 0844.