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After Brutal Anti-Gay Attack, UK Man's Smiling Selfie Goes Viral

Thursday Jul 12, 2018

A man from Scotland is going viral this week after posting a smiling selfie on Facebook just moments after he says he was the victim of a brutal anti-gay beating.

Blair Wilson, 21, took to Facebook on June 29 to recount the incident, explaining that a man called him "a faggot" from across the street while he was walking to his mother's house in Neilston, Scotland. In his post, Wilson writes he confronted the man, who "then tried to attack me when I called him 'hen,' " a regional term of endearment that in modern times is often used sarcastically.

"Trust it to be someone insecure with his own sexuality trying to take it out on someone secure in himself. I wish you well," Wilson wrote, adding a kissy face emoji. He also included a photo of himself, smiling but with his face covered in blood.

Wilson's post has since gone viral, earning nearly 600 shares across Facebook, over 380 comments and 2,3000 reactions.

Wilson also opened up about the incident speaking with Barrhead News, saying he's never experienced physical violence over his sexuality and was shocked when it happened to him.

"I thought, clearly, this person doesn't realize how close Neilston is and I just wanted to post something so that, when he sobered up, he might see how much love and support I have," he told the newspaper. "I knew, as soon as it happened, that I could either keep quiet and feel embarrassed about it or I could shame him over Facebook. As soon as I posted it, even though my nose was still bleeding, I didn't care."

Wilson called the support he's received "amazing," adding that he's "heard from so many people I haven't spoken to in ages and people I don't even know, telling me I'm an inspiration and stuff. It's made me feel so good about myself."

"I did use some choice words in the post, but the message I wanted to get across is you need to stick up for yourself," he told Barrhead News. "Maybe don't go getting yourself hurt, but show them you have friends, you are loved.

"I think some people think because you are a different sexuality from them you have no friends and everyone is in the same mindset of them when the reality is they're the minority," he continued.

"You can prove to them you're much more loved than they will ever be if they live a life of hate," Wilson said.

Local police told Barrhead News they received a report about the incident and that the investigation is ongoing.

Check out Wilson's Facebook post below. Warning: The photo is graphic.


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