The singers were beaten and called “fags” and “homos” outside the party in San Franssco after they sang the Star Spangled Banner at a New Year’s Eve party.
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SAN FRANCISCO – Members of an all-male singing group from Yale University say they were taunted with anti-gay slurs, attacked and beaten after singing “The Star Stangled Banner” at a New Year’s Eve party in San Francisco.
At least three members of the Baker’s Dozen a cappella group were hurt. One suffered a broken jaw.
No arrests have been made. Police said they are investigating.
The trouble started when a couple of partygoers began mocking the 16 student singers — who wore sports jackets and ties — as preppies, witnesses said.
“You’re not welcome here,” Sharyar Aziz Jr., an 18-year-old Baker’s Dozen member whose jaw was broken, quoted one partygoer as saying. “He called a few members of the group, whether it was fag or homo, very, I would say, juvenile taunting.”
Reno Rapagnani, a retired San Francisco police officer whose daughter hosted the event, shut down the party. As the singers headed back to a nearby home where they were staying, another group of young men got out of a van and jumped them, according to Rapagnani.
“They were surrounded, then tripped — and when they were on the ground, they were kicked,” Rapagnani said.
The San Fransisco partygoers did not like the choir’s selection for the evening:
Members of the a cappella Baker’s Dozen were performing at a party in San Francisco at the new year when their rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” apparently sparked taunts and threats from fellow partygoers.
As the group left the house, they were attacked by dozens of assailants, suffering scrapes, black eyes and concussions, said Connecticut’s News Channel 8.
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