On Monday in New York City, thousands of people marched in honor of Mark Carson, a 32-year-old man who was shot to death this weekend for being gay. Protesters, which included the openly gay City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn, shouted, “We’re here. We’re queer. Homophobia has got to go!”
Yet across town, hate crime violence persisted: more men were attacked in NYC because of their sexual orientation that same evening.
First, a man named Dan Contarino was beaten up in the Alphabet City neighborhood. The report was first broadcast on Twitter:
Last night, another gay man was brutally attacked in NYC’s East Village. “You just want to cry and move on,” he says. twitter.com/JordanBach/sta…
— Jordan Bach (@JordanBach) May 21, 2013
According to NBC New York, police said that the suspect and victim — who had known each other for a month — were walking together and began fighting due to the fact the Contarino was gay. Advocate.com reported that witnesses saw the suspect yelling gay slurs while kicking Contarino; The New York Times said the suspect “struck the man in the head, knocking him unconscious, and fled.” Contarino has since posted updates about the attack on his Facebook, including a photograph of his badly bruised face.
Then, early Tuesday morning, NBC New York reported that a gay couple in their 40s were walking around at 5 a.m. in SoHo, when they were taunted with antigay slurs in both Spanish and English before one of them was punched in the head.
This brings the total of anti-gay crimes in New York City this year to 29, the Times reported. You can do better than this, New York City.
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