Victim of homophobic attack in Dublin city speaks out from hospital
"I don’t want this to change who I am or how I act, but I suppose there will always be a fear."
A young man who was the victim of a homophobic attack near Dame Street in Dublin city centre over the weekend has spoken publicly about the incident.
Evan Somers was left with a broken eye socket, two ankle fractures and several other injuries.
Speaking on Liveline earlier today, the rugby player described what had happened to him as being like a blur or an "outer-body experience".
"I remember a man getting up in my face and calling me names," he said. "But I don’t remember much after he hit me.
"I have injuries to my ankle and I’ve had one surgery. There are screws in my ankle, so I’m not sure if I will return to rugby, it may depend on my second surgery.
"I hope what happened won’t change how I socialise and part of me thinks it’s more important than ever to go out and live my life.
"I’m still a bit numb about it at the moment, but I don’t want this to change who I am or how I act, but I suppose there will always be a fear, especially now."
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He said the attack has highlighted that homophobia is sadly still very present in Ireland, and more needs to be done to tackle hateful violence towards the gay community.
"The majority of people in Ireland are kind and accepting of LGBT people and I think people like my attacker are the smaller percentage, but they overpower the rest," he explained.
"I don't have words for all the support I have gotten in the last few days, I never expected it and I’m glad it’s being spoken about."
Evan first took to Twitter on Sunday evening to share details about what had happened to him
"Last night a stranger called me a f****t before beating the shit out of me," he wrote.
"He left me with a fractured eye socket, 2 fractures in my ankle, a dislocation in my ankle & some other minor injuries.
"We’ve come a long way but still have such a long way to go in terms of equality."
The incident was condemned by Tanaiste Leo Varadkar on Monday. He outlined plans to discuss the need for more Garda presence on the streets and new hate crime laws with Minister For Justice Helen McEntee.