Walter Adrian, 23 and his boyfriend who has asked not to be named were assaulted as they were withdrawing money from the ATM from Barclays on Whitechapel Road.
According to reports from The Evening Standard a group of Bangladeshi teens on push bikes came up to the men and started shouting homophobic slurs such as “faggots.” They tried to take the money before things became quiet physical.
Speaking of the attack which left Mr. Adrian unconscious Mr Adrian, a freelance journalist from Bow, said: “We weren’t even holding hands or kissing or anything, but all the comments were based on us being gay.
“One of them said ‘fuckinging faggots’ so we wanted to try and leave and my partner pushed one of them but then they got physical.
“They punched him and then there were six or seven of them just going at us while we were cornered against the wall.
“They were saying, ‘this is our street, this is our area, get out of here’, just because they thought we were gay. It happens a lot round this area and East London.
“We weren’t even acting gay and that’s what’s upsetting. Whether anyone is gay or not you just can’t feel safe. You’re scared of being attacked and afraid to go out by yourself.”
Mr. Adrian suffered bruising to his temple and stomach while his boyfriend received a bruised jaw. His boyfriend spoke of having to
“‘gay-down’ a bit, that I should wear trousers and not skinny ones. We are not very gay, we don’t wear pink or glitter, and they still picked on us.”
The Metropolitan police are continuing investigations. This follows on from a homophobic attack in Vauxhall earlier this month.