LGBTQ+ Pride Month

A Dessert Shop Employee Protected Strangers From Men Who Were Chasing Them

"We have a local hero in Terrance Mannery."

In early June, Terrance Mannery was closing up Salt Lake City's Doki Doki dessert shop when four men came running in from the Utah Pride Parade. 

As reported by CNN, the distraught-looking pair told Mannery they were being chased by a group of at least seven men who were heard yelling homophobic and degrading slurs.

Mannery, 21, quickly confronted the mob and blocked their entrance so that they could not enter the store. He told A Plus that he wanted to keep the men and his customers safe. 

"I stepped out and told the [mob] that they couldn't come in,"  Mannery told A Plus in an interview. "They didn't take too kindly to that, and a fight broke out." 

The mob pushed Mannery around and he was hit at least seven times. A group of bystanders and police officers eventually came over and broke up the fight and the mob "dispersed," Mannery told A Plus. 

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"We have a local hero in Terrance Mannery," Utah Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce chairwoman Tracey Dean said in an interview with CNN. 

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert also thanked Manney for his bravery in person and on Twitter.

"Thank you for coming to the defense of others, for supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community when they were in peril, and for making Utah a better place for everyone," Herbert wrote.

Mannery suffered minor cuts and bruises. He told A Plus that he hopes the mob learns how to accept people for who they are. 

"I would tell them to open their minds. If you have nothing nice to say, then don't say anything at all," Mannery said.

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