Gay couple from Belgium faced homophobia from neighbors

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46-year-old Mauro Padovani, who works as a cartoonist, and his 59-year-old husband Tom Freeman were attacked by two their neighbors two weeks ago. Padovani told Corriere.it that the attack was so severe that he was left with a concussion and his spouse had a serious injury of the back. “They spat in our face. They insulted us, and then they started beating us with a steering lock on the head, on the back and on the legs. Everywhere, “ he said, adding that however much he loves Belgium, it is not the place for him and his husband to feel safe and protected anymore. Their neighbors never hid that they were homophobic and hated them. Though this attack was probably one of the most cruel, it was far from being the first. Padovani and Freeman met online 12 years ago and “fell in love right away.” They got married five years ago, but sadly, Freeman developed Alzheimer’s disease just a year later. He has Alzheimer’s, and that hurts me the most, to see him on the ground in tears. To beat a person like him is like beating a child,” he said.

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