A Gay YouTuber Has Been Beaten Up In A Homophobic Attack At Vidcon

28 June 2016, 14:38

Calum McSwiggan attacked

British vlogger Calum McSwiggan was attacked in California after being separated from his friends.

London-based YouTuber Calum McSwiggan has revealed that he was attacked by three guys after being separated from his friends in Anaheim, California.

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Calum shared his horrific injuries with his Instagram followers earlier today after being attacked outside a gay club following Vidcon - an annual convention which attracts some of the biggest names from the online video world.


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.

A photo posted by LGBT+ Lifestyle YouTuber ✖️ (@calummcswiggan) onJun 27, 2016 at 7:03pm PDT

Fellow YouTuber Riyadhk has suggested that it might not have been a random attack, and that Calum's attackers could have tracked the group down through their social media channels, even saying his name as they beat him.

The attack comes just weeks after a shooting at an LGBT venue in Orlando left 49 dead, with stars like Adele paying tribute.

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