Not even a week into pride month, Toronto has already witnessed a homophobic attack against a local member of the LGBTQ+ community.
On Saturday, June 5th, around 11:15 p.m., David Gomez, a member of the Toronto Queer community, was violently attacked by a group of people, according to a police news release.
Gomez was making his way home from Hanlan’s point in Toronto Islands when the group approached him. They directed a bunch of homophobic remarks towards him before physically assaulting him.
The attack, which left Gomez unconscious, has caused him to sustain significant injuries, including a broken nose, shattered cheekbone and orbital bone, chipped tooth, a concussion and a splint in his hip bone.
The injuries require Gomez to receive immediate medical attention, including surgeries, medication and therapy for trauma.
To help Gomez, his friends have set up a GoFundMe to raise funds to pay for the expenses caused by the attack.
So far, the community has come together and raised almost $30,000 to help Gomez with his impending costs.
As of now, the suspects remain unidentified at the moment, however, police have released the following description:
1) A Black man, sporting dreadlocks, muscular build, 220 lbs, around 6’4” height and age group of 25-32 years.
2) A White man, thin build and around 5’6” tall.
3) A White woman, 180lbs, 5’5” height, with long blond hair and around the age group of 22-28.
Gomez’s friends allege that a footballer for Ottawa’s CFL team, the Redblacks, was involved in the assault. The team has since launched an investigation on the allegations.
Gomez and his friends are asking for anyone that may have any tips on the suspect’s identities to come forward and call police.