Straight Dude Facing Steep Medical Bills After Getting Gay Bashed — For The Second Time

kerry-streetOn Wednesday afternoon, 25 year-old skateborder Kerry Tyler Street was attacked near his home in Surrey, British Columbia.

“If I seem a bit hazy right now,” Street said in a video blog posted early Thursday morning. “It’s cause it’s still kind of shocking, and I’m also on morphine right now. Just got out of the hospital around 11 o’clock this night, cause, for the second time in my life, I’ve been gay bashed. And the catch is, well, I’m not gay.”

According to Surrey Now, Street was skateboarding 104th Avenue in Guildford Town Center when an unknown assailant punched him in the face. The blow knocked Street to the ground, at which point his attacker began kicking him in the face and calling him a faggot. Once the perpetrator finished, he walked away, and four bystanders rushed to help Street, who was left with a broken nose and four cracked teeth.

“When people try to say that like, ‘Oh gay people aren’t discriminated against,’ it’s like that’s definitely a bunch of shit,” Street said. “Like, because he thought that I might potentially like guys, he thought that was a good enough reason to leave me bleeding in the middle of the street.”

Surrey Now reports that police are reviewing surveillance footage and interviewing witnesses. They’re looking for a 6 foot, 200 pound white man with short brown or dirty blonde hair. The suspect would be in his late 20s to early 30s, and he was wearing a black Crooks and Castles jacket when he assaulted Street.

Despite the rough road ahead—including spending upwards of $8,000 to repair his missing teeth—Street is maintaining a remarkably charitable outlook. “I think that man was a ticking time bomb,” he explained. “I think he was just looking for someone to injure, to make someone feel pain. I guess I’d say probably that someone hurt him really bad… So, I pity that man. And I don’t hate him for it. It’s not his fault if he doesn’t know any better. But it doesn’t excuse what he did.”