The gay-bashed Atlanta man who was asked to come forward yesterday has done so. His name is Brandon White, and he’ll address what happened to him in a press conference at noon EST on Wednesday.
White’s friend Greg Smith, the executive director of the HIV Intervention Project (HIP), asked him to take a stand against bullies and anti-gay violence. Said Smith at a meeting of the Atlanta Black LGBT Coalition, according to CBS Atlanta:
“Understand this, he is saying, ‘I want to do something. Don’t treat me like a victim.’ His issue is everybody keeps looking at him like he was weak. He is not weak. Don’t treat him like he is weak. Don’t treat him like he is broken. Ain’t nothing wrong with him besides his courage being broken. He wants to stand up and do something.”
On Saturday, three members of the Jack Gang ambushed White as he left a grocery story in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Atlanta, calling him a “faggot.” A fourth member of the gang videotaped the brutal beating and uploaded it to the internet.
After the story broke on TV Monday night and hit the blogosphere Tuesday, White decided to come forward.
Atlanta police are cooperating with the FBI to find the attackers and are considering pursuing hate-crime charges, with a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of the assaulters. To help, call Crime Stoppers Atlanta at 404-577-8477.