YouTube Star Hospitalized After Getting Violently Attacked for Being Gay

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It’s been just over two weeks since a terrorist took a gun to a gay club in Orlando and violently killed 49 innocent people and injured 53 more. In light of this horribly tragedy, the LGBTQ+ community and its supporters have taken steps to stand together against homophobia. But sadly, even after speaking out at various events at VidCon this weekend in support of all sexualities, an openly gay YouTube star is now feeling the physical effects of those who are against homosexuals.

Calum McSwiggan was trying to celebrate a successful VidCon with his friends by going out to a popular gay nightclub in West Hollywood, California. The fun night turned tragic, however, when he was viciously attacked by a group of men and wound up in the hospital. The YouTuber posted a picture of his bloodied body, as well as an explanation about what happened.

Instagram (@calummcswiggan)

Instagram (@calummcswiggan)

“Last night was the worst night of my life and I’m really struggling to find the words to talk about it. After one of the most wonderful weekends at VidCon we went out to a gay club to celebrate, and towards the end of the evening I was separated from my friends and beaten up by three guys. The authorities should have been there to help and protect me but instead they treated me like a second class citizen. With three broken teeth and six stitches in my forehead, I’ve never felt so terrified to be a gay man in the public eye. All I can do is thank my wonderful friends @riyadhk, @melaniiemurphy and @douga_ for being with me the whole way. I’d be lost without them. Right now I don’t feel that I’m in the right place to talk about this but I will be addressing this fully in the future.”

The 26-year-old was with a few fellow Internet sensations when this horrific incident occurred. Riyadh Khalaf, another gay YT star, shared his thoughts on what his friend went through.

Melanie Murphy was also with Calum, and said the attack made her fearful for her own safety.

Doug Armstrong praised the YouTuber for being so strong after dealing with such a scary situation.

We cannot even imagine how Calum must be feeling right now. We are sending him nothing by love and wish him a speedy recovery. In the wise words of Lin-Manuel Miranda, love is love is love is love.


With so much hate in this world, it’s no wonder why so many celebs have denied being gay in the past: