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Anti-Gay Hate Crimes in Miami Show Even Pride Isn’t Safe

It was Rene Chalarca’s first Pride event. He and his boyfriend, Dmitry Logunov, attended Miami Beach Pride last month to celebrate their community. What they got instead were multiple lacerations and blows from a group of four men who hurled slurs at the couple as they attacked them.

“We probably provoked them because we were walking together, holding hands. It was gay pride, South Beach was full of gay people,” Logunov told NBC Miami. The assault was caught on CCTV footage, and the men were quickly identified and apprehended.

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