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Mass. Man Assaulted in His Own Yard for Flying LGBTQ Pride Flag

Thursday July 16, 2020

A man from the Boston suburb of Taunton was attacked in his yard after displaying a LGBTQ Pride flag, Boston 25 News reported.

The assault happened at the end of June when Tom Anderson put the flag up in his yard.

"We had put the flag up maybe an hour beforehand, it was Pride month," Tom told the news outlet.

He said a man stopped his car, came into his yard and assaulted him.

"He said the man swore at him, called him a name and punched him in the face before driving away," Boston 25 News reported.

Andrew lost two front teeth and needed several stitches.

"I saw the guy just come up and yell those nasty words at my husband and then hit him two or three times and then took off back into his car and screeched away," Jacob Anderson, Tom's husband, told Boston 25 News. "It's definitely a hate crime just based on the words he used."

A person driving by stopped and helped Anderson. They gave the police a description of the perpetrator and his car.

"I am more worried about him getting away with it and thinking, oh, this is okay to do," Anderson added.

They have found great support from the community. "The community has been amazing. Family. Friends. The city of Taunton. They have been so helpful," said Jacob Anderson.

And the incident has given the couple, who have been married for nine years, new resolve in flying the flag.

"I want to just keep it up all year long now," Anderson said.

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