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Yale Singing Group 'The Baker's Dozen' Hurt in Homophobic Attack

Several members of the Yale all-male singing group The Baker's Dozen were injured in San Francisco on New Year's Eve in a homophobic attack that left them bruised and bloody.

BakersdozenDuring a performance at a New Year's Eve party, their attackers taunted them with gay slurs — "fag" and "homo" — according to one member, and then five or six men ambushed them outside the party, leaving them with scrapes, sprained ankles, black eyes, and concussions, according to ABC affiliate KGO (PHOTOS):

"The trouble started at midnight after The Baker's Dozen sang "The Star Spangled Banner." Witnesses say a few local young men didn't appreciate the attention the Yale students were getting, made fun of their conservative dress and began taunting them and making threats.

Leanna Dawydiak, Hosted Party: "They had something here special that these other fellas obviously didn't have and that irritated them."

Witnesses say 19-year-old Richard Aicardi was the most aggressive.

Sharyar Aziz: "'You're not welcome here,' he called a few members of the group, whether it was fag or homo, very, I would say, juvenile taunting."

Aicardi took out his cell phone and called in reinforcements.

Reno Rapagnani: "He said, 'I'm 20 deep, my boys are coming.'"

One of the victims, Sharyar Aziz, a member of the varsity squash team, was rushed home for reconstructive surgery which included the insertion of two titanium plates in his face. He'll miss the athletic season. Said Aziz: "I can't just look back at that incident and be depressed for the next two months. I have to learn to deal with what's been given to me."

The sick part of this incident is that even though the police detained four men at the scene of the incident, they were released and no arrests have been made in the case. Police did not bother to take photographs of the victims either. Some have accused the police of treating the perpetrators lightly because three of them are the sons of prominent SF pediatrician Eileen Aicardi.

An investigation is now underway.

Yale Choir Assaulted; No Arrests By SFPD [kgo]

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  1. I am f*&king outraged! No one was charged?!?!?!?!?! One of them has metal rods and facial reconstruction?!!?! I am writing the mayor's office on this, those "boys" should all be in jail! Fu*(in' jail!!! I am so sick to my stomach...

    Posted by: Cory | Jan 9, 2007 3:03:59 PM

  2. I went online to the mayor's office and wrote a message to Gavin Newsom. I would hate to think a mayor who has championed for gay civil rights would condone such behavior, especially from the SF police and especially after the shooting during Halloween last year.

    Posted by: Cory | Jan 9, 2007 3:33:37 PM

  3. I guess I have a question.

    Are there more attacks on gays recently or is the reporting just quicker and more accessible?

    As for reporting crimes...this is no surprise to me. My friend and I were verbally attacked in a bar in Chelsea last year. Gay owned. By a straight girl. Screamed at to the point of the bouncer throwing her and her friends out of the bar. The guys came back and collared the bouncer landing blows that split his cheek and eyebrow open. No ID were collected by the police and nobody was charged or arrested.

    Flash forward a year later and several of my friends have been victims of various crimes including break ins, theft and muggings. And yet somehow the city is reporting crime is down in the city.

    No crime. Hmmmm

    Same in San Francisco obviously.

    Posted by: Br!on | Jan 9, 2007 3:34:44 PM

  4. Ok, now does everyone understand? WE ARE UNDER ATTACK! Everday, from W to the donald (ugh). They hate us and will do everything they can to stop us from happening. If we don't demand our rights every day, then they will take our freedoms and lives away. RISE UP GAY PEOPLE!

    Posted by: gay is the new straight | Jan 9, 2007 3:34:53 PM

  5. honey, we are going to have to start getting militant like the Jews and the Blacks did. They don't put up with this kind of shit and neither should we!

    Posted by: miss dna | Jan 9, 2007 3:38:40 PM

  6. For those of you wishing to voice your opinion on the matter, I suggest calling Dr. Aicardi's office (mother of the lead attacker).

    (415) 668-0888 office

    As a pediatrician, it seems she has a real knack with kids. How proud she must be.

    Posted by: Jon | Jan 9, 2007 3:41:59 PM

  7. Thank you Cory and Gay Is The New Straight.

    I don't think a lot of gays are aware of the extent of the attack we're under. The more we progress the more homophobia rises..and even sites like youtube which took over greatly thanks to gays supporting them with content and comments have now sent all queer content and groups to the backyard of their site. Such a shame..

    I spend a lot of time on the net, and I'll tell you there are a lot of desperate conservatives groups aout there who angrily protest at every step we make with something great..except if it's gay porn, cause then they can point out and say "that's all they're good for" but don't ever try and push the amazing talents we have in the community or else it's "propaganda". Well, they've seen propaganda yet cause we're on our way!

    Posted by: Da | Jan 9, 2007 3:55:14 PM

  8. The treatment Dr. Aicardi dispenses to her patients may shed some light on her parenting skills, and her kids' resultant social skills:

    Posted by: Nato | Jan 9, 2007 3:56:30 PM

  9. Andy-
    Thanks for bringing more visibility to this news story. Hopefully the local gay rag here in the Bay Area(BAR) will actually report on it? Hopefully the officers involved,the hosts of the party and the insecure fuckwads that perpetrated this violence will not get away without being held accountable for their actions/inactions.

    Posted by: Shawn | Jan 9, 2007 4:18:20 PM

  10. I JUST EMAILED THE MAYOR of SAN FRANCISCO as well .... tell Mr. Gay Friendly we are watching !!!

    side note - as for Internet Porn - all that JUST AS NASTY hetero stuff does us ALL a favor and undercuts the use pornography as the end all for pointing out what a group is. Gays are not all like gay internet porn - if straights are all not like internet porn. ;)

    Posted by: RJP3 | Jan 9, 2007 4:33:49 PM

  11. Email the reporter, Dan Noyes, and tell him to keep this story alive!

    Posted by: busytimmy | Jan 9, 2007 4:42:14 PM

  12. See, that's just terrible. Horrifying, really. Do we even know if these guys are gay? I mean, it's inevitable that these sorts of things are going to happen, because there's 6 billion human beings and some of them are just going to turn out to be heartless bastards, but it's still extraordinarily depressing. And this sort of thing *can* happen to anyone, gay or straight. Just the appearance of being gay - that is, according to some meathead who is probably drunk anyway - is enough to provoke violence. What a world.

    On a happier note - if there can, in fact, be a happier note - I couldn't help but notice how attractive the guy in the first photo is, sans bruises of course. But that can wait; I don't want to get lynched by all the "How can you say something like that at a time like this?!" police.

    Posted by: Jordan | Jan 9, 2007 4:58:14 PM

  13. It's a shame I have to say so...but I've beem fortunate that I'm 6ft tall and built like a line backer...I determined when I came out 22 yrs ago that I would not tolerate somebody putting their hands to me because they don't like who I love.

    This is the world we live in...the Black and Jewish community don't like it said, but Gays are the new Jews and Blacks in America that can be abused and shoved aside without any outrage.

    The world keeps turning over and this too shall pass away...

    Posted by: MALCOLM | Jan 9, 2007 4:59:16 PM

  14. So Mommy's a doctor? Great - more money to be given to the victims after they win the civil suit. I hope they bankrupt her.

    Posted by: Ed | Jan 9, 2007 4:59:53 PM

  15. So Mommy's a doctor? Great - more money to be given to the victims after they win the civil suit. I hope they bankrupt her.

    Posted by: Ed | Jan 9, 2007 4:59:54 PM

  16. This is unacceptable. Something should be made. Impunity because they're daddy's and mommy's boys? Bull.

    Posted by: xavier | Jan 9, 2007 5:01:07 PM

  17. No, they're not all gay. The men's a capella groups at Yale atend to be just a little gayer than the student body itself. (Some years particular groups are gayer. Some years they're straighter. Some years they're flaming. Some years they're very closeted.)But it's likely most of the guys in this year's (or any year's) Baker's Dozen are straight.

    But they sing and wear jackets and ties, and we all know what that means.

    Now why, after looking at all these photos do I suddenly have the urge to but a Black Party ticket?

    Posted by: 24play | Jan 9, 2007 5:06:16 PM

  18. Nothing the corrupt and out of control police do in this city surprises me any more.

    Posted by: DoogieHowsah | Jan 9, 2007 5:14:07 PM

  19. Hmmm...

    I wonder if mommy's patients know what happened. Are they just as homophobic as she is (the bashers had to learn it somewhere) or would news of something like this affect her clientele?

    I don't care how hard you try to spin it... EVERYONE is San Francisco knows someone who is gay.

    Posted by: MikeinSanJose | Jan 9, 2007 5:18:51 PM

  20. For those of you who plan on calling or emailing the mother, PLEASE don't cross the line and threaten her or yell and curse. I'm so tired of reading how my brothers end up becoming the very thing they hate as they attempt to bring light to an injustice.

    Posted by: LeeChesnut | Jan 9, 2007 5:19:22 PM

  21. Let's not let this brushed under the table, united we have the power to shine light on these things:

    Mayor Gavin Newsom

    Telephone: (415) 554-6141
    Fax: (415) 554-6160

    City Hall, Room 200
    1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
    San Francisco, CA 94102

    Posted by: brian | Jan 9, 2007 5:51:51 PM

  22. Apparently mommy (the woman has FIVE SONS) is associated with the Golden Gate Pediatrics group. They can be contacted in San Francisco:
    3641 California St.
    San Francisco, CA 94118
    Phone (415)668-0888
    Fax (415)752-5391

    or Mill Valley:
    61 Camino Alto, Suite 103
    Mill Valley, CA 94941
    Phone (415)388-6303
    Fax (415)388-7136

    I wonder if this assault would be a liablility for them...

    Eileen Aicardi, M.D.
    Dr. Eileen Aicardi was born in San Francisco. She attended the University of San Francisco for three years and then transferred to the University of California, San Francisco where she got her BS in medical studies as well as her MD. She did four years of postgraduate training at UCSF. She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and is currently active at UCSF on a number of committees including the Medical Alumni Committee and the Pediatrics Medical Education Committee. She has been with our practice since 1978.

    She is the secretary of the AAP Northern California Chapter. She is on the Board of Directors of the Salesian Boys and Girls Club and volunteers her time for Enterprise for High School Students.

    She is married and the proud mother of five boys. In her free time she enjoys sports, especially if her children are playing and also enjoys doing counted cross stitch.

    Posted by: MikeinSanJose | Jan 9, 2007 6:02:09 PM

  23. I just called the Salesian Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco, of which Mommy is a director and from which she received their "person of the year" award last year. I asked if she would remain on their board of directors since it had been demonstrated that she couldn't even raise her own kids. Much to my surprise (I thought they'd hang up on me) the very nice man said, "Actually, we'll have to have a meeting on that." I can't imagine they'd want to keep her around...

    Posted by: DF | Jan 9, 2007 6:27:31 PM

  24. There is a good report on the incident in The Yale Daily News at

    Posted by: Jason | Jan 9, 2007 6:35:17 PM

  25. The SF Chronicle (aka The Comicle)has yet to pick up this story, nor has the news radio station - KCBS. But the Comicle gave us a story on gay spirituality yesterday.

    Posted by: Edward | Jan 9, 2007 6:36:46 PM

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