Straight man 'gay-bashed' in Surrey
Kerry Tyler Street says it isn't the first time he has been beaten by a total stranger
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A 25-year-old Surrey man claims he was badly beaten as a victim of gay bashing, even though he's not gay.
In a YouTube video, Kerry Tyler Street says it isn't the first time he has been beaten up because a total stranger thought he was homosexual.
In the video, Street shows four missing teeth and a broken nose and jaw — the result, he says, of an attack in Surrey's Guildford neighbourhood Wednesday afternoon.
Street says he was skateboarding along 104th Avenue near 146th Street when he passed a complete stranger who was about 6 feet tall and in his 20s or 30s.
The man allegedly punched Street in the face, knocking him violently to the ground and then allegedly began kicking him.
"I was very, very sad that somebody would do that sort of thing," said Street's father, Brian.
"He does like to wear mohawks and coloured hair, but as far as I know, that's not illegal anywhere. He's just a skateboarder and he works in construction and sings in pubs."
Street underwent dental surgery Friday to remove his four broken teeth. His family says they have launched an online campaign to help pay for the surgery.
Meanwhile, Surrey RCMP say they are treating the case as a serious assault, but not a hate crime.
With files from the CBC's Eric Rankin and Annie Ellison