A two-year-old boy was called a ‘faggot’ and assaulted for wearing a pink hairband.
Dexter Vyktoriah was with his 31-year-old mom Katie and five-month-old sibling out shopping in Wallmart in Polk County, Florida.
Mother Vyktoriah was shocked when an unknown man, who she describes as being ‘overly large with a bushy beard and camouflage shirt’ approached the family.
‘He had tattered shorts and lace-up work boots with no laces. I could smell the fug of cigarette smoke surrounding him, and there was a definite pong of beer on him.’
The man walked up to little Dexter, tore the headband off his head, and slapped the child on the back of the head.
‘You’ll thank me later, little man!’ he shouted.
Vyktoriah, furious, told him to not touch her child. ‘Your son is a fucking faggot,’ he told her, before walking away and adding: ‘He’ll get shot for it one day.’
The US mom said she encourages her son to dress and act the way he chooses, saying he loves pink, Dora the Explorer and occasionally plays dress up with her skirts.
‘He rocked that headband,’ she said.
Vyktoriah now says men like him makes her terrified for the future of her children regardless of their sexuality.
Writing on Huffington Post, she said: ‘While we may accept and support whoever our kids turn out to be, I am scared beyond words at what it would mean for them if they ARE gay.
‘Why should anyone have to live in fear because they fall in love with someone that you or someone else doesn’t agree with? Why should mothers and fathers of gay kids have to have an extra layer of terror at night because they know that the world at large is against their child?’
‘If one or both of my kids grow up to realize they are any of these things, it will not change a thing about how I feel toward them,’ she added.
Vyktoriah has said she is being advised to not discuss the situation after filing a report with the police.