The Observatory Against Homophobia (OCH) has denounced an LGTBIphobic and sexist attack on four lesbian and bisexual women in the early hours of Wednesday during the May festivities in Badalona (Barcelona). As sources from the victims’ environment have explained to the Agència Catalana de Notícies (ACN), a group of men punched them and gave them homophobic insults.
The aggression began when a boy spat and insulted the women during one of the concerts. Once the party was over, around 5 in the morning, a group of men, including the same one who had harassed them in the first place, attacked them with “punches”, “stitches” and “hair pulling” and with comments about “his sexuality”, have indicated the same sources. The four women intend to report the attack to the Mossos d’Esquadra.
The victims will report the attack in the coming days and will provide the corresponding medical report. After the attack, the victims’ entourage contacted the Observatory Against Homophobia to convey the information about the attack and open a space for emotional support.
The Observatory against Homophobia has condemned through social networks the episode of physical and verbal LGBTIphobic and sexist violence and has warned that it is “very serious”. The entity has reported that it has activated the protocols and has communicated the facts to the Mossos d’Esquadra and the Badalona City Council.
The Mossos d’Esquadra are monitoring the case and are waiting for the formal complaint to open the investigation, sources from the police force have expressed. For its part, the Badalona City Council is making arrangements with the OCH to obtain more information and has announced that it will contact the women in order to process the complaint and identify the possible aggressors. The consistory has condemned any homophobic attitude.