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19-year-old Mr. Gay Belgium attacked in violent hate crime

Mr. Gay Belgium has been attacked in his hometown in what is clearly a hate crime.

Jaimie Deblieck, 19, was shoved to the ground, stomped and kicked in Roeselare, Belgium, while his attacker hurled antigay slurs at him, calling him a “fu*king homo.”

Deblieck took to Facebook to share the unsettling details:

“Attacking me from behind and stamping on me is one thing. Calling me “fucking homo,” you’re gonna regret it. I’m not going to drop it, you coward,” he wrote.

Bram Bierkins, organizer of the Mr. Gay Belgium contest, said Jaimie is “disappointed and angry.”

“He is a strong personality and he has also survived threats and other negative comments after his election,” he continued.

Police are now investigating the attack. Luckily, Deblieck avoided sustaining permanent injuries.

“A lot of people like me in our country have had to deal with physical violence because of their sexual orientation and they do not yet dare to express themselves.

“That’s why I decided to tell my story to the media. These incidents have to be reported.”