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Former Top Chef Contestant Gay Bashed at Long Island Bar

Season two Top Chef contestant Josie Smith-Malave was attacked at Partners Bar in Sea Cliff, New York over Labor Day weekend as she, her sister, and a friend were patronizing the establishment, her lawyer Yetta Kurland reports.

JosieKurland says the incident should be investigated as a hate crime.

According to the New York Daily News, "Kurland said the trouble started when the women went to Partners bar in Sea Cliff over the Labor Day weekend for a drink and began dancing together. Smith-Malave's sister is straight. Bar employees escorted the women out a side door after other patrons began making nasty remarks and the mood started getting ugly, Kurland said. Kurland said as many as 10 'young adults' followed the women out, circled them, screamed anti-gay slurs, spit on them and then punched and kicked them. A camera belonging to one of them was stolen, she said. Nassau police said they were investigating, but had made no arrests."

Newsday reports that "the women, who had been on Long Island to attend a friend's birthday party, suffered bruises, and one received injuries to her head. One of them had a camera taken in the attack.

Said Kurland: "They were together for an end-of-summer visit, minding their own business, when these people went after them, and we can't stand for this."

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  1. Sad

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Sep 12, 2007 9:09:48 AM


  2. Guns for gays

    Posted by: Wes | Sep 12, 2007 9:19:56 AM


  3. Suffolk County shows its true colors yet again. If it didn't take a ferry ride to get to Cherry Grove and the Pines (which are technically in Suffolk County), this would happen more often out there, too.

    Posted by: scottevill | Sep 12, 2007 9:58:10 AM


  4. I am beginning to think WES is onto something. These "young adults" hopefully will be enjoying the other end of a beating in prison soon.

    Posted by: marco | Sep 12, 2007 10:06:54 AM


  5. Dude, Sea Cliff is in Nassau County. So stop with the "true colors" shit, unless you be Cyndi Lauper.

    Posted by: Squid | Sep 12, 2007 10:56:31 AM


  6. next time go to a gay bar or bring a baseball bat...

    Posted by: the queen | Sep 12, 2007 11:07:13 AM


  7. Bash back!

    Posted by: peterparker | Sep 12, 2007 12:20:07 PM


  8. Amen peterparker

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Sep 12, 2007 2:05:57 PM


  9. i hate this.....not that i wish it on anyway at all, but she has a restaurant down the street from me in astoria called island, and she is always very lovely to chat with...always out checking on customers....

    Posted by: jamie | Sep 12, 2007 3:26:58 PM


  10. I feel so bad about this. Josie is going to be featured on the show I work for: IN THE LIFE next month. I hope she's doing okay.

    Posted by: Christian | Sep 12, 2007 11:30:15 PM


  11. NCAVP, the National Coalition of Anti Violence groups at http://www.ncavp.org compiles timely reports on the 20 orso reported lynchings and roughly 2,000 beatings that come our way each year in the US.

    GLSEN publishes similar sobering data on the incidence of harassment and beatings of young gays and lesbians. They can be reached at www.glsen.org.

    One of the best recent documents is by Amnesty International USA and says that the pervasive homophobia of American police against lesbians, gays and the transgendered leads violence and torture.

    The report "Stonewalled – Still demanding respect" is based on interviews conducted with victims of violence, survivors of police ill-treatment, LGBT activists, lawyers and police. The interviews relate a familiar story. AI says “Cases of beatings, sexual violence, verbal abuse, harassment and humiliation by law enforcement officials against LGBT people take place on any given day in detention centers, prisons, in the home, and on the street.” Check them out at www.amnesty.org and click to the reports section.

    Other useful sites are www.splcenter.org, www.lambdalegal.org ,
    www.nclrights.org and www.aclu.com

    Over a century ago Oscar Wilde said “I have no doubt we shall win, but the road is long and red with monstrous martyrdoms”.

    He knew what he as talking about and the fact that there are daily stories about beatings, harassment and murder, discrimination and soul numbing effects of bigotry illustrates that the political culture we live in debauched and hopelessly compromised.

    We can put an end to this depravity when we follow the advice of Malcolm X who said victory will come for those who fight “By any means necessary."

    Posted by: Bill Perdue, RainbowRED Organization | Sep 13, 2007 12:25:08 AM


  12. No one around would help these people from being attacked in broad daylight? What a bunch of woosses! We may be inbred rednecks here in Arkansas but we don't allow Fred Phelps or bands of "young adults" to attack people in public. Doesn't matter what county they were in, this is felony behavior and will not be tolerated! (and many of us are legally armed)

    Posted by: Big Blue Doberman | Aug 25, 2010 5:46:00 PM


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