Birmingham’s LGBT+ community ‘doesn’t feel safe on the streets’ after spate of homophobic attacks
Birmingham’s LGBT+ community is frightened, anxious and appalled after yet another homophobic attack in the city’s Gay Village.
There was widespread shock and revulsion on social media over the weekend when John-Paul Kesseler shared a photo of himself with blood streaming down his face after he was attacked for holding another man’s hand in the early hours of Sunday morning (10 October).
Kesseler was on his way back to a hotel with a friend at the end of a night out in Birmingham’s Gay Village when a stranger told them to stop holding hands.
The man subsequently reached into his car, pulled out an empty wine bottle, and hit Kesseler across the head with it. The assailant went on to hit him with a metal pole.
The shocking attack is