A New Glasgow, N.S., man who was stabbed nearly to death last fall hosted an anti-homophobia event Saturday as part of his Don’t Be Afraid campaign.

Scott Jones believes he was attacked because he is gay. He was knifed after leaving a bar on Oct. 12, a crime that prompted an outpouring of support for Jones from across the country.

More than 200 people showed up to Saturday’s event, which featured speakers and performances. Dozens of people lined up at the door to get in.

“I think we did what we set out to do, which is get people talking about it,” said Jones, who now uses a wheelchair as a result of the attack.

“Just have exposure — make it so that homosexuality can be discussed just like heterosexuality.”

Jones said the event was meant to strike up a conversation. One organizer, Sarah Bell, said she was blown away by the response.

“I think it's such an important subject that people are almost — not afraid to talk about — but it's looked over,” she said.

It’s hoped the campaign grows from here. Another event is planned for Halifax in May.

One man was arrested in connection with Jones’ stabbing. Shane Edward Matheson, 19, of Trenton, N.S., is charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace.