Kansas Pastor Says He Was Stabbed For Being Gay, Called ‘Stupid Faggot’

An openly gay pastor from Wichita, Kansas, claims he was stabbed him in the stomach last week by a man hurling gay slurs at him.

He believes he was targeted because of his sexuality, local news station KAKE reports.

Pastor Michael Garcia says he was walking his dog last Wednesday when a man approached him asking for a cigarette.

“[He] moved toward me and shoved a blade in my stomach and referred to me as a ‘stupid faggot pastor,” Garcia told KAKE.

As Garcia collapsed to the ground, the man fled the scene.

Though he was stabbed through the muscle, the attack did not cause any major damage.

“Concern for the gay community and for Christians as well,” he said. “Whether they be gay or love everyone, we are a target just by loving other people no matter what. It’s a frightening place to be.”

Garcia is also warning Christians and people who are gay to be on high alert.

“This has brought it to the forefront…that people truly want to harm the gay community,” Garcia said.

The suspect is described as a white man, about 30 years old. He’s about 5-foot-10 with a thin build and a “little bit of a beard.” The suspect has a high pitched voice, according to Garcia.