A gay man was reportedly attacked by Donald Trump supporters on US election night, leaving him with a bloody gash on the top of his head.
Chris Ball, from Calgary, spent the evening in a Santa Monica bar watching poll results come in.
As it grew more likely the Republican ticket would win, attitudes became more heated on both sides of the campaign.
‘People started launching homophobic slurs at me from afar,’ he told Metro. ‘I mean, I kind of got into it, but I didn’t want to provoke them.’
‘They were saying things like, “We got a new president you fucking faggots.’
Later, when Ball was leaving the bar alone, he walked through an alley when he was jumped by a group of men.
One smashed a bottle over his head, creating a huge gash. He fell back, his head smashing against the concrete, where he blacked out.
‘When I came to, I remember waking up and wiping the blood from my eyes. I called some friends, they picked me up and I went right to the hospital,’ he said.
Ball said he was stitched up at the hospital, had five staples put in his head, but he’s feeling fine and it looked a lot worse than it felt.
Homophobic and transphobic attacks are feared to rise following the election of Trump and his VP Mike Pence.
But Ball felt like it was an attack fueled by the charged atmosphere of election night and it may have just been a bunch of drunk people using Trump as an excuse to look for a fight.
‘I’m in pretty good spirits,’ he said. ‘That’s just how I have to handle it. I’m alive and well and still very gay.’
If you are attacked, please remember to report it as it will make a huge amount of difference. If you’re feeling frightened, difficulty or even worse suicidal, these numbers will help:
Crisis Text Line: Text START to 741-741
The Trevor Project (LBGT+): 1-866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255