Justin Alesna, a 23-year-old resident of Detroit, says he was violently attacked in a convenience store in northwest Detroit. He said while waiting in line to buy a pack of cigarettes, another customer started using anti-gay slurs, asking him “What are you a fuckin’ homo?” among other slurs. Then punched him in the eye twice while others just watched and did nothing to help him. The store clerk then asked him to leave the crime scene without allowing him to call the police.
According to a video he posted on YouTube, he ended up going to the hospital and he may need surgery. So far, according to the local news report, the police are refusing to call it a hate crime and have only listed it as an assault.
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Justin put a video of himself on YouTube and Facebook talking about what happened. In the video, he says that he wants the world to know that incidents like this are happening. He also refers to the It Gets Better series of videos.