Tenn. Man Says He Was Beat Up Just Because He's Gay

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June 19, 2012

A man says his life was threatened and he was beat up this weekend just because he’s gay.

Shawn Farris was at his 20th high school reunion in Franklin County right outside of Winchester, TN, when it happened.

Farris says the attack was unprovoked and his attacker made it very clear he was assaulting him just because he’s gay.

But, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office says they have no plans to investigate this as a hate crime. Spokesman Sgt. Chris Guess says the incident appears to be nothing more than a fight.

Farris sees it differently, and that’s why he will be pressing charges against the man he says beat him up Monday morning.