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Gay Phoenix Man Describes Alleged Gay Bashing Incident

by Kilian Melloy
Tuesday Mar 19, 2019

A gay man living on Phoenix, Cesar Marin, took to Facebook on March 16 to describe events he says started with a homophobic epithet and ended with a bashing at the hands of a mob of ten people.

Marin's Facebook account said that he braked for a young woman who was jaywalking. The young woman then tossed her lit cigarette into his car window and called him a "faggot," Marin said.

When he confronted her over the flicked cigarette, Marin said, he became the target of a vicious beating.

"Before I knew it, I was surrounded in a hail of punches," Marin recounted. "One guy kicked me in the face when I fell down... I have a broken nose and a swollen face and bruised body."

Marin said that the police had the cigarette and an earring as evidence and are investigating.

In later paragraphs that were seemingly added after the original post, Marin explained that he had not intended for his post to go public. He also offered more details.

"How did they know I was gay?" Marin posted. "Well, I drive a Miata convertible which had the top down. I listen to flamboyantly gay music. I love Madonna, Cher, The Weather Girls, "It's Raining men" MY favorite song in the whole world... I do sing out loud when I drive and if that wasn't enough when she saw the back of my car, the equality sticker and gay rainbow sticker was a dead giveaway."

Discussing the attack, Marin said, "I only remember when the attack started as I passed out and came to on the floor when a good Samaritan was shaking my shoulders asking if I was okay. I was spitting up a ton of blood and he put a bag of ice on my face. I heard him yelling at the people that attacked me. I blacked out a bit and remember being surrounded by paramedics and heard the voice of the good Samaritan telling the cops that he pulled people off of me and saw when they were stomping my face with their feet."

Trolls pounced on the story, evidently seeking to spin events to their own liking. Marin brushed them off:

TO ALL THE ASS HATS THAT KEEP HARASSING ME! NO ONE HAD A MAGA HAT, NO ONE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT TRUMP! I will delete any hateful comments. I won't be victimized by you after going through all this. Remember this wasn't meant for you. it was meant for my friends and family.

Now the Jussie Smollett thing was unfortunate that he did what he did. But that has nothing to do with me and please stop mentioning him. it's been 48 hours since the incident and I spent the first 24 hours crying. I don't need people adding to my pain.

Marin was clear that he had no further answers to offer at the time of his post.

"Now to answer a lot of the questions I got, frankly I have no idea why they did what they did. Only they could tell you that.

"All I know is when someone calls you a faggot and then attacks... That says a lot."

The post was met with dozens of supportive comments from well-wishers.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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