Anti-Gay Mob Pepper Sprays Couple At Folsom: "You F*gs Are Destroying Family Values"

"I was completely vulnerable. I thought they were going to start beating me."

Two gay friends attending San Francisco's Folsom Street Fair this weekend claim they were jumped and pepper sprayed by a group of men yelling anti-gay slurs.

Neil Frias told SF Gate that he and his friend, Jeff White, had left the leather-themed street fair and headed toward a McDonald's nearby, where the attack unfolded around 9pm on Saturday night.

The men were reportedly standing on a sidewalk in front of the restaurant when a blue minivan with five assailants pulled up.

“They were saying, ‘You fags are destroying family values,’” Frias recalled. “I said I didn’t want any trouble, and one of them got out of the van. I thought he was going to take a swing at me, but he sprayed me across the face.”

“I’m trying to make sense of it,” said Frias, recalling the "searing sting" of the spray. "I would think what happened last night would happen somewhere else, not here."

Frias said a bystander scared the mob away when she threatened to call police. When paramedics arrived, Frias and White both declined medical attention and went back to their hotel.

“The thing that was the most remarkable about the situation is how unprovoked it was,” said White. "I was literally tying my shoe when they came at me. It’s mind-boggling."

“I was completely vulnerable. I thought they were going to start beating me.”

San Francisco police spokesman Officer Carlos Manfredi said SFPD is aware of the attack, and that officers are searching for surveillance video that may aide the investigation.

“We take these crimes very seriously,” said Manfredi. “If anybody feels they can attack someone based on their sexual preference, we’re going to go after them and hold them accountable.”

h/t Queerty

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