A gay Chicago man says he was punched in the face by thugs after trying to stop them from kicking another gay man. The incident happened last Sunday on a northbound Red Line train that was packed with people who had just left the Northalsted Market Days festival, reports Windy City Times.
Paul W. Thompson said he was traveling home alone from Sidetrack at 3am when he overheard two men muttering anti-gay slurs. "I realized he was saying 'fucking faggots," Thompson told Windy City Times. "He was angry that there were all these 'fucking faggots' on the train." According to Thompson, he confronted the man and told him stop. "I stood up. I never took a step. I never leaned in." Thompson said that the harassment continued for 15 minutes. When Thompson gave directions to a gay couple from out of town to exit at Bryn Mawr, the same man told one person in the couple that gangs in the neighborhood would "beat his faggot ass" and then kicked him as he exited the train. When train doors opened at Thorndale, the man punched Thompson in the face and fled the El.
Thompson suffered minor head injuries and required seven stitches to his mouth. No word on the status of the man was kicked. CPD is investigating the incident as a possible anti-gay hate crime, reports WCT.
The North Halsted Market Days is an annual two-day festival in Chicago's Boystown. The Midwest's largest street festival attracts a largely LGBT crowd and more than 300,000 people over two days. Jennifer Holliday headlined this year's event.