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Staten Island Anti-Gay Assault Victims Denounce Attackers


At a meeting at Staten Island's LGBT Center attended by State Sen. Diane Savino (D-North Shore/Brooklyn), openly gay assemblyman Matthew Titone, and representatives of City Councilwoman Debi Rose (D-North Shore, Rep. Michael McMahon (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn), the NYPD, Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the city Anti-Violence Project, Luis and Richard Vieira spoke out against homophobic hate crimes. The couple was attacked last weekend at a White Castle by a gang of teenagers who used anti-gay slurs.

Staten Island Live reports: "In the presence of 70-plus supporters, the couple of 13 years' standing held hands and overcame some initial discomfort. Richard Vieira's eye was blacked and his arm was in a sling. 'There are a lot of questions that need to be answered' in respect of the assault, said Luis Vieira, who noted that he grew up in Alabama when pro-segregationist George Wallace was governor. '[Do] you honestly think you can intimidate me or my partner to not put our face out there and let it be known what is going on in the community?' he asked rhetorically."

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  1. Two of my newest heroes. Yup. It's time to fight back and I don't mean tired "what do we want?" demonstrations and HRC circuit party fund-raisers. We need to KICK ASS. Period.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 14, 2010 2:52:46 PM

  2. Good for them for taking action, reporting the crime, and getting media attention. It's time we gays stand up for our rights and demand to be treated with respect!

    Thugs need to realize that just because mamma and dadda didnt raise your ass doesn't mean society can't!

    Posted by: Jackson | Jul 15, 2010 11:18:35 AM

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