Virginia Gay Man Brutally Attacked On Christmas Night

Drew Inge had his fingers broken and four teeth knocked out by an assailant now in police custody.

A gay Virginia man was viciously attacked on Christmas night, leaving his hands and fingers broken and four teeth knocked out.

Drew Inge of Yorktown was kicked in the head multiple times by an attacker in his home, who also verbally assaulted him and threatened his life.

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“I was thrown into my bathtub, and stomped in the face and jaw over and over while being called a ’faggot,'” recounted Inge on Facebook.

At one point, the man stabbed Inge in the eye with a broken shower rod.

Fleeing to his bedroom, Inge says his attacker “tackled me from behind into my door and slammed my fingers on my right hand into the door, breaking them and ripping them open.”

Eventually breaking free, he called 911 and says the man, who remains unnamed, was arrested on various charges.


According to a YouCaring fundraising campaign, Inge is self-employed as a hairstylist, and his injuries may compromise his livelihood.

The goal of the campaign is to pay for medical bills, and cover rent and living expenses while he convalesces.

“I don’t know you personally, but my daughter talks about what an incredible person you are. I am praying for healing, both physically and mentally and for justice,” wrote one donor.

“It is horrible that we live in a society that thinks it is okay to do this to another human being.”

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.