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NYC Gay Couple Attacked in Daylight Hate Crime Outside Knicks Game

Nick Porto and his partner Kevin Atkins were attacked near Madison Square Garden on Sunday after they had enjoyed an afternoon brunch, DNA Info's Matthew Katz reports:

GaycrimeThe pair were assaulted on Eighth Avenue, between West 34th and West 35th Street about 5 p.m., cops said — as the Indiana Pacers played the Knicks on Sunday.

Police said could not say whether the attack was a hate crime, as it was still under investigation, but Porto, who was left with a broken nose and severe headaches, said there was no doubt in his mind...

...Porto said that he and Atkins, 22, were walking arm-in-arm down Eighth Avenue after a leisurely brunch when a group of men he said were in their early-to-mid 20s and wearing Knicks jerseys started shouting slurs at the couple.

"They called us f----ts," said Porto, a clothing designer. "They made fun of my jeans — I made the jeans myself, for that day."

When Porto turned around asked why they were shouting at him, the group of men knocked the pair to the ground and began to violently kick and punch them, he said.

Their attackers are unlikely to be identified, police say, as there were so many people in the area wearing Knicks jerseys. Atkins suffered a broken right wrist and lost his bag with iPad and cell phone in the attack.

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  1. 'Their attackers are unlikely to be identified, police say, as there were so many people in the area wearing Knicks jerseys.' *TRANSLATION* Unlikely to be identified because in all reality, we can't be bothered putting the effort into to find these people, and make an example of them. Rather, we're going to let them get away with it, and send the message to other thugs in NYC that its OK to incite violence and hate crimes whenever, however, and against whomever, they feel. DISGUSTING BEHAVIOR NYPD.

    Are you going to seriously try and tell us all, that in NYC in the middle of the afternoon, no witnesses, no cctv, NO ONE saw anything that would identify these people? I smell BS.

    Posted by: Mosside | May 6, 2013 7:50:34 PM

  2. Liberal New York City is a very dangerous place for gay men. It's because liberalism, by definition, is a very permissive ideology. It permits cruelty. It permits not just good but also bad.

    New York's gay men can only truly feel comfortable in a very small part of New York City that is segregated from everything else.

    Posted by: Adam | May 6, 2013 7:55:52 PM

  3. If the lost the iPad could he use the tracking feature to possibly narrow down suspects? Assuming he had that app set up and enabled?

    Posted by: HirsuteHeuristics | May 6, 2013 8:05:33 PM

  4. This so sucks! :( How could there be no no surveillance cameras or witnesses? in NYC?

    Posted by: grego | May 6, 2013 8:20:43 PM

  5. B.S. they can't identify these animals - there are cameras all over the area - businesses in the area all have cameras - I hope pressure is put on the NYPD to solve this - these hate-mongers cannot feel free to do this - let me know what I can do Nick and Kevin as I am sure you are reading this.

    Posted by: Joey Boots | May 6, 2013 8:21:14 PM

  6. The real world is not a gay blog. Be on guard. Be careful. Our "exposure" has set us up to be targets of violence.

    Posted by: ED | May 6, 2013 8:22:12 PM

  7. Seriously? NYC is much like London. There are cameras EVERYWHERE. It is the same in Boston-that is how the Boston Police found the bombers. Trust me..if NYPD wanted to..they could identify them. Sad.

    Posted by: Jim Stone | May 6, 2013 8:23:40 PM

  8. I can't believe that there aren't any witnesses. The NYPD better get on the ball and do the necessary work to entice witnesses to speak out. If they don't do so, it's another incident that makes the NYPD look like a bunch of homophobes. Yet another one.

    My heart breaks for Nick and Kevin. This fight for equality really is about stories like this---not being able to even exist as openly gay in NYC of all places without being beaten and harassed. Hate crimes have been rising in San Francisco and Seattle. There aren't many places in our society where it's safe to be openly gay. We must not forget social climate changes while we fight for legal changes.

    I hope Nick and Kevin recover fully, physically and emotionally.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | May 6, 2013 8:27:27 PM

  9. Words may change. We might hear "we're ok with gays." However, the reality is nothing has changed fundamentally. The hetero cops will brush this off because they understand the mind of these criminals, they likely did stuff like this too. So it's not a big thing to hetero cops. Gay people need to make it a big thing.

    Posted by: Billy Crytical | May 6, 2013 8:27:37 PM

  10. Adam, aka Rick/Jason/David Hearne/Ratbastard, is a fool and should be ignored.

    Posted by: MateoM | May 6, 2013 8:29:07 PM

  11. But Lance Dustin Black is giving a performance of "8" in Phoenix tomorrow. Any chicken establishments to boycott? What's the Boy Scout status? Apparently violence hasn't become part of our dialogue just yet -- even in broad daylight.

    Posted by: ED | May 6, 2013 8:42:48 PM

  12. Urban Bear was happening about this time, but winding down. (Not in this area.) Hells Kitchen is a little north. But if the area involved is MSG, it's also a major Amtrak / LIRR / NJ Transit hub. And any kind of attack is a big deal. Can't imagine it's not on a cam.

    Posted by: kravitz | May 6, 2013 9:08:46 PM

  13. Anti-gay Inc. is responsible for this barbaric behavior.

    Posted by: RMc | May 6, 2013 9:13:48 PM

  14. I've been advocating gay gun ownership for a long time. A couple bullets would've resolved the issue without a broken nose or wrist.

    Posted by: HkFca | May 6, 2013 9:14:56 PM

  15. RMc: There is no Anti-gay Inc. It's a numbers game. Straights win.

    Posted by: GB | May 6, 2013 10:01:04 PM

  16. Okay Texas-bashers: In which state is New York City situated?

    I blame basketball.

    Posted by: Anastasia Beaverhausen | May 6, 2013 10:52:31 PM

  17. Hey idiots @ NYPD: Put down the doughnuts and find those bastards with the GPS tracking features built into the iPad and that cellphone, morons.

    Posted by: scooternva | May 6, 2013 10:55:00 PM

  18. Read the actual article: the iPad was not stolen, it was 'destroyed' in the attack. And police did not say that they could not identify the attackers. They said it would be more difficult, since so many people were dressed similarly. Those two statements are hardly the same.

    Small corrections. But since so many guys are flipping out in the comments here, it's worth remembering that an article summary should be faithful to the original.

    Posted by: Lars | May 6, 2013 11:16:57 PM

  19. How many times do we have to hear the police go, "Gee, I know they were calling you faggots as they were beating you and we know they approached you because you were walking arm in arm with your boyfriend but, um, we're not sure if this is a hate crime."

    And, yeah, at MSG, where I used to work, there are a tons of cameras around. If the management at MSG is any indication of what was taking place outside then I'm not surprised at all things went nowhere.

    Posted by: Mark | May 6, 2013 11:49:49 PM

  20. The word "F@ggot" got started in New York City. The first authored use of it as a homosexual slur was by Claude McKay, a black communist of Harlem. Before that, it was used during prohibition by jewish and italian gangsters of NYC. It was so closely associated with jews of NYC that many believe it comes from the yiddish word word F@gala (it doesn't).

    Welcome to New York City. We invented F@g Bashing.

    Posted by: Kev C | May 7, 2013 12:15:19 AM

  21. New York City is one of the most homophobic cities in America. I have a gay friend who says that New York City is where he experiences the most fear for his life.

    Posted by: Adam | May 7, 2013 12:49:13 AM

  22. Amazing we can find two terrorist brothers through the use of security cameras and cell phones but police can't find hate crime terrorists.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | May 7, 2013 1:32:23 AM

  23. I hate that in this day and age crap like this still happens. I think ED is right. All the talking points and complaining in the world aren't gonna change the fact that there are a-holes out there looking to do damage to people they perceive as weaker. But what if the guys who were attacked had been responsible, trained gun owners who happened to be armed at the time??? Just asking.

    Posted by: Whynot? | May 7, 2013 2:18:58 AM

  24. No one is going to protect us. We H A V E to protect ourselves at all levels and in all ways. When we show we REALLY care about ourselves AND EACH OTHER then they will take notice.

    Posted by: Jeff | May 7, 2013 6:50:04 AM

  25. I might go down with brain damage or a coma or even death, but there's no way I'd let these f*ckers beat me up without taking a piece out of one of them, even if I had to literally bite it out.

    Gay men:


    Posted by: johnny | May 7, 2013 7:18:00 AM

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