A queer dentist in Washington, D.C., helped fix a gay man’s broken teeth after he was brutally beaten by gay bashers.
Zach Link and his partner were attacked by three men on D.C.’s U Street around 12:30am on April 15. Both were aggressively beaten, punched, and kicked by the trio of assailants, who hurled anti-gay slurs at them throughout the ordeal. The attack, which is still under investigation by local police, rendered Link’s spirits crushed—and his smile completely shattered after repeated kicks to the face.
“It has been a lot more difficult mentally to see and feel my damaged teeth than I wanted to admit,” Link wrote on Facebook after the assault.
But Christopher Banks, a D.C.-area dentist, came to the rescue. A friend connected Link with Banks, who agreed to fix his broken teeth free-of-charge. He even welcomed Link to come back for any follow-ups if anything happened to his new teeth down the road.
Banks, who is a member of the LGBT community himself, told WJLA TV that he offered his services pro bono to give back to his community.
“Without knowing the depth, breadth, and expense of Zach’s injuries, I reached out and offered full care because we are all members of a powerful, loving LGBT community before anything else,” Banks said in a statement. “It is through these acts of love in the face of hate that we will persist, thrive, and succeed in showing the world we want to be ’one.'”
Link took to Facebook to share his gratitude: “I am forever grateful for him and for the care I received.”
D.C. police are asking anyone with any information about Link’s assailants to reach out.