Philly Gay Bashing Victims: “A Simple, I’m Sorry, Would’ve Went A Long Way With Us”

The two men who were brutally attacked during last month’s gay bashing in Center City, Philadelphia, have released a powerful in response to the attack. Their statement was read out loud at the “Love Over Hate” rally at the Bucks County Courthouse Wednesday:

Everyone keeps saying that they are sorry this happened to us. But the truth is, we’re sorry. We feel sorry for our attackers — people who believed it was OK, cool, maybe even funny, to use two innocent individuals as their punching bags and not even have the decency to apologize. Words are powerful. A simple, I’m sorry, would’ve went a long way with us …

“You butchered my boyfriend’s beautiful face. You violated our rights. You jeopardized our health and safety in a city that we love and during a time where so much progress around human rights has been made. … We are also determined to do everything in our power to make sure this doesn’t happen to anyone else again.”

The men said they haven’t released their identity because the story is not about them, but everyone who lives in fear. They called for passage of a hate crime bill in Pennsylvania. “It stops here. It stops today. It stops now.”

[H/T: Instinct]