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Lesbian Couple Beaten By Group Of Men During Birthday Celebration

July 3, 2024

Emma MacLean and her girlfriend Tori were walking in downtown Halifax when they say the men began making inappropriate and "sexually degrading" comments.

A lesbian couple was targeted and beaten by a mob of men while they were walking home from celebrating their birthdays on June 22.

Emma MacLean and her girlfriend Tori were walking in downtown Halifax, Canada when they say the men began making inappropriate and “sexually degrading” comments.

“A group of men walking on the other direction made a comment to me,” MacLean told CTV News. “My girlfriend, Tori, said ‘hey that’s my girlfriend.’”

But the altercation didn’t end there. MacLean says the men continued to throw homophobic slurs towards them. She says Tori tried to deter them by saying “that is not okay,” but the situation escalated.

Around 1:30am, MacLean says she saw the men push Tori to the ground and corner her. They allegedly began to punch and kick her.

“The fight-or-flight came in,” MacLean said. “I jumped on one of their backs and put them in a chokehold, trying to restrain them.”

Video footage of the attack posted to MacLean’s Facebook appears to show the couple surrounded by nearly a dozen men. One woman is on the ground, while the other seems to be held back by one of the men.

A bystander notified police, but MacLean says the fight had ended by the time they arrived. She says police only spoke to one man involved, who blamed the fight on the two women. The other men involved allegedly refused to identify themselves or cooperate with police.

MacLean posted photos of her injuries, including a broken nose, a bruised eye, and a chipped tooth. She says her girlfriend suffered bruises on her arm and under her eye.

Officials tell CTV News they are still investigating the incident and no arrests have been made. MacLean has taken to social media, posting photos of the men, in an attempt to get more information.

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