A gay man who was bashed in San Francisco for wearing white pants has made a video to spread a powerful message of love.
Jeffery Lafayette – who has bruises around his eyes in the clip – was attacked by multiple assailants over the Super Bowl weekend (6 February), but the details of the incident remain unclear.
‘I was gay bashed in San Francisco,’ Lafayette wrote on a series of signs he holds up in the video, while What a Wonderful World plays in the background.
‘They spat on me and kicked me as I screamed for help… all because I decided to wear white pants.
‘And I don’t think it had anything to do with Labor Day,’ he joked.
Lafayette continued: ‘I am covered in bruises, some blood, and tear stains. But no matter how hard they hit, no matter how cruel life will be, you must always GET UP!
‘And continue to love and smile! Never forget to SMILE.’
At the time of writing, the video has been watched nearly half a million times on Facebook.
The strength of your love is more powerful than any fist! Thank you! Please Share. The LGBT youth needs to see this so they are aware of the hatred that is still out there but tell them that no matter how much hatred or cruelty you are faced with, the love from those you surround yourself with is STRONGER than anything! Thank you God, my family, and my friends!
Posted by Jeffery Lafayette on Sunday, 7 February 2016