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Man posts selfie of his bloodied face after he was beaten in alleged homophobic attack

Blair Wilson posted the selfie minutes after the attack in Scottish town of Neilston

2018-07-12

A man posted a selfie of his bloodied face after he was an alleged victim of a homophobic attack.

Blair Wilson, 21, posted the smiling yet bloody selfie just minutes after he was allegedly attacked while in the small Scottish town of Neilston.

He told Barrhead News: “I thought, clearly, this person doesn’t realise how close Neilston is and I just wanted to post something so that, when he sobered up, he might see how much love and support I have.

“I knew, as soon as it happened, that I could either keep quiet and feel embarrassed about it or I could shame him over Facebook.

“As soon as I posted it, even though my nose was still bleeding, I didn’t care.

“It’s amazing. I’ve heard from so many people I haven’t spoken to in ages and people I don’t even know telling me I’m an inspiration and stuff.

“It’s made me feel so good about myself.

“I did use some choice words in the post, but the message I wanted to get across is you need to stick up for yourself.

“Maybe don’t go getting yourself hurt, but show them you have friends, you are loved.

“I think some people think because you are a different sexuality from them you have no friends, and everyone is in the same mindset of them, when the reality is they’re the minority.

“You can prove to them you’re much more loved than they will ever be if they live a life of hate.”