HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The victim of an attack in downtown Huntsville last week is speaking about his experience. Gary Bravo's injuries are serious.
He says several men jumped him, beating him and breaking several bones on his face and his ankle as he was leaving a club downtown. He says it began when one of his friends was approached and threatened. Bravo intervened.
Bravo says the assailants used several slurs related to his own sexuality, and continued to hurt him out of "hate."
"Deep down I think if they had the choice I would not be sitting here right now," said Bravo.
He said by sharing his story, he hopes to inspire change.
"I would like to see everyone in the community be united and I understand not everyone's for gay rights, but for justice and for the fairness of being attacked... No matter what might happen, at the end of the day, I'm going to be me."
"It's going to be a never-ending cycle if we don't break it," Bravo added.
Huntsville Police are investigating the case as an assault. Police Chief Lewis Morris tells us they have interviewed several witnesses in this case, and intend to follow through on a search for the people responsible.