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“BEING THE VICTIM OF THE ‘VAUXHALL GAY ACID ATTACK’ WAS THE BEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED TO ME”

24-YEAR-OLD BENN MOORE WAS THE VICTIM OF AN ATTACK THAT SHOCKED LONDON. BUT THE RAMIFICATIONS OF WHAT HAPPENED CHANGED HIS LIFE FOR THE BETTER. HERE, EXCLUSIVELY, HE TELLS HIS REMARKABLE STORY FOR THE FIRST TIME.

On 8th June 2014, shortly before 5am, Benn Moore was almost blinded when he and a friend had concentrated ammonia thrown in their faces outside a gay nightclub. The attack made headline news in the local London media and caused a ripple of shock amongst gay people, shock that such an attack could happen not only in London, but in the heart of one of its gay villages: Vauxhall. However, there was more to the story. Neither Benn nor his friend were out as gay, and the latter hadn’t wanted to report the crime for fear that doing so would out him. For Benn, the incident meant being forced to publicly reconcile his hidden sexuality with his straight identity. A year later he agreed to tell his story to Attitude. Today he says that, despite the horror of the attack, it was the best thing that ever happened to him.

Images: Simon Taylor

I meet Benn in Vauxhall, an evolving part of the London gay scene that was once renowned for its extremely late night clubs. It’s the scene of the crime, where he was attacked one night a year ago. In daylight the area is very di~ erent from the pump and pulse of the nightlife.

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**Download on iPhone to experience a whole new way to read attitude on the go. To sync your purchases to our iPhone app just login to a Pocketmags account in-app on your primary device then login with the same details on the attitude iPhone app.** The Style Issue of Attitude features BBC Business presenter Ben Thompson on the cover, who talks about being gay on TV in our main interview and shoot. Inside, we chat to the legendary Cyndi Lauper about opening Kinky Boots in London, and musician Mykki Blanco opens up about breaking the stigma around HIV. This month is full of fashion, with spreads from Diesel, F&F and all the best watches on the market. There’s more TV too, in an interview with Andrew Haigh, director of Weekend and Looking, as well as Rebecca Root - the latest transgender actress to star on our screens. We also speak to the London man who was attacked with bleach in Vauxhall, and do a round up of our inaugural Pride Awards.
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