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San Diego drag queen club owner beaten while being called anti-gay slur

Mark Zschiesche
Mark Zschiesche, 54, was beaten and called a "faggot." Photo: Facebook/Mark Zschiesche

The co-owner of a chain of drag queen clubs was viciously beaten in San Diego on Sunday afternoon.

Mark Zschiesche, who co-owns the Lips Drag Queen Showplace Restaurant and Bar, said he was walking alone after going to a grocery store when a man he did not know approached him. “Before you knew it, this guy hit me in the face and called me faggot. From that point I was in shock,” Zschiesche told CBS8.

“My personal opinion is there is a lot of hate in the air. You hate to blame, besides the person who hit me, but I blame Trump and his rhetoric,” he said.

Zschiesche posted a video to Facebook describing the incident and drawing support from his friends.

He also filed a police report and described the assailant as a white man in his 30’s. Police say they are investigating the claim.

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