NYPD Seeks Suspects in Two NEW Anti-Gay Attacks


Police are seeking two suspects in two anti-gay attacks they say happened in Brooklyn and Queens, NY1 reports:

One of the incidents occurred at approximately 11:45 p.m. Sunday on a J train between the Marcy Avenue and Gates Avenue subway stations in Brooklyn, according to police.

Police say the victim, a 27-year-old man, was talking to another man on the train when the suspect approached him. They allege that the suspect made anti-gay remarks towards the victim before he punched the victim twice in the face. He then fleed towards the back of the train, according to police.

A second alleged incident took place at approximately 4:15 a.m. on March 17 at the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 88th Street in the Jackson Heights section of Queens. Police say that suspect also punched their victim, a 49-year-old woman, in the face while making anti-gay statements.

The newly-reported attacks follow one we reported on yesterday that took place in Brooklyn's Prospect Park. The victims in the attacks would be the 11th and 12th victims in NYC of anti-gay assault in the last month.

People with information should contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.


  1. ratbastard says

    March 17th? Did the victim file a police report at the time?

    Good luck finding the two guys in those police sketches. Yes, I’m being sarcastic. And no, it’s not meant to be a ‘racist’ comment.

  2. says

    Because this is happening so often, a friend of mine said, “Maybe it’s a new gang initiation… to gay bash someone.” What do you all think? It’s happening too often for it to just be random.

  3. ratbastard says

    I think more likely perhaps it’s just being reported in the media and blogs since this whole gay bashing in NYC meme started. Also, I bet cops get gold stars for arresting gay bashers since Mr. Carson was shot in the face and murdered. It’s perhaps being seen as a resume padding that could lead to promotion.

    No question a huge chunk of genuine gay bashings and other assaults go un reported and are under reported, in NYC nd elsewhere.

  4. Caliban says

    There may be more media attention on gay-bashing lately, as others have said a self-perpetuating news trend, but even if that’s true it’s good that people are finally paying attention to a problem that has always been there.

  5. says

    @Caliban – concur.

    it’s like when in 2010 the media (and non-gay society) suddenly decided to care about the alarming LGBT Youth suicide rates. some folks would say that the reporting of them was encouraging more kids to kill themselves. uh, no. the numbers didn’t change. the only thing that changed was that finally people were talking about it.

  6. mattsy says

    Most of these attacks are happening on the street at 4 or 5 in the morning.
    Nothing good can happen that late, so stay safe & off the street !!
    (I sound like a mother)

  7. William says

    I’ll wager that if they rounded up everyone who appears like they might be a homophobe the same way they rounded up everyone who appeared to be Muslim after 9/11, they would end this rash of bashings. I’m being sarcastic, of course. I do think the NYPD needs to be more proactive at setting a tone where this kind of thing can’t happen.

    I disagree with ratbastard that this is something that was already happening and that the reporting is new. Sorry. Spent too much time in some of those neighborhoods to have not observed it before had it already been happening. This is new.

  8. ratbastard says


    You contradict yourself regarding NYPD being proactive. And honestly, IT’S NOT THE POLICE FAULT people get assaulted, raped, murdered, gay bashed, etc. It’s obviously the fault of the perps. Some people like to blame cops for everything. Some people, especially many ‘progressives’ hate and look down on cops, then get angry when cops didn’t protect them from being a crime victim. It’s a very childlike, immature attitude.

    And I’m not a cop a** kisser. I recognize there are bad cops, corruption among police and the judiciary. I’ve had my share of unpleasant run-ins with cops.

    My best suggestion is people take more responsibility for their own safety and protection and be prepared as best you can to respond aggressively in addition to taking proactive measures. For some reason most ‘progressives’ in 2013 don’t like and want to people to defend themselves effectively against crime. They seem to want everyone to be totally reliant on police and the state, the very people many really do strongly dislike and look down on. It’s really bizarre.

    And yes, MANY crimes go unreported and under reported, including assaults.

  9. Rick says

    Latino teenagers, probably in the country illegally, on a rampage of violence against gay men in NYC. The Black Caucus single-handedly defeating same-sex marriage in Illinois. An immigrant cab-driver in Chicago throwing a gay couple out of his cab for “making sex”

    All stories on the front page of this blog.

    How’s that “multi-cultural” paradise of a country working out for you, all you good gay white male liberals?

  10. Rick says

    You pathetic liberal effeminates should do what I do and be closeted and never ever leave your house. It’s a surefire way to never get gaybashed. The only downside is rickets.

    I like to say racist things from behind my computer screen and also slander effeminate men because I have fond memories of being gang-banged by my male family members at our Klan reunions.

  11. William says

    “How’s that “multi-cultural” paradise of a country working out for you, all you good gay white male liberals?”

    About as well as white-bred, Red-state Hicksville does.

  12. pedro says

    If the minorities are the problem, then the whitest states should be the most pro-gay right? Please tell me how Utah and Nebraska are doing on the gay rights front.

  13. jleo71 says

    With you Caliban – I was born in NYC and lived there till I was about 30 and back then it happened all the time but it went unreported because back in the 50’s and 60’s no one cared. Least of all the police. Hell, they were out to get us at every turn through entrapment and any other way they could. You couldn’t go to them for help.

  14. Luke-TX says

    And LGBT in New York do nothing. Just going on about their lives as if it’s not an issue effecting all LGBT. Any other city and there would be a plan of action but not with NYC LGBT.

  15. Profjeno says

    Yeah, it does some like the community in New York are rather complacent about their safety. When it came to marriage, or party events, they come out to show support in droves. But consistent attacks against our group, and no collective movement or response.

  16. J.J says

    meanwhile, LGBT leaders remain silent, not demanding media attention, acknowledgment from authorities. Just collecting paychecks and throwing cocktail events.

  17. Klien says

    Hmm maybe if the greater LGBT coalition in NY worked with as much passion to promote an anti-LGBT violence in the city as they did campaigning for marriage equality, these incidents would be slightly eliminated. But unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be happening.

  18. William says

    I agree it’s time to bring back segregation. I.e. we need to segregate all the backwards, stupid people from the rest of society. Maybe, then, we’ll have a little more peace.

    The truth is that homophobia knows no race nor geographic location. While it is true that white gays were able to come out earlier (as a group in historical time, not necessarily as individuals in personal time), that’s only because white gays already had a stronger sense of personal rights as gays they wanted enforced than minority gays had simply by virtue of being white. Minority gays, historically, were too busy fighting for their personal rights as minorities to be as concerned about their rights as gays.

    That, today, even in this forum that might still be the case is pretty sad.

  19. Mark says

    Can anyone find out the stats on the attackers? So far it appears most of them are latino guys who would be of the age to be in a gang. IMHO, it is gang related.

    I’ve lived in NYC for over 12 years and, until the other week, I never experienced any type of homophobia. However, in the past 2 weeks I’ve been called a ‘homo’, etc, by these wanna-be thugs from the projects and, yes, they’re all latino. What cracks me up is these guys are never tough enough to say shite unless I’m outnumbered.

    And, by the way, while straight guys can tell I’m gay, gay guys usually think I’m straight.

  20. A.J says

    There’s a problem with latinos men here, it’s like the pot was boiling and the lid of their homophobia just came BURSTING. I say this AS A PUERTO RICAN GAY MAN IN BROOKLYN. It’s not pretty here and the blood of it all is on the hands of Ruben Diaz who PROMOTES HOMOPHOBIA daily. Diaz has a huge influence on the latino population here because he works hand in hand with the churches to spread a message of hate against LGBT.

    It PISSES me off our LGBT leaders and the democratic party NEVER EVER call the man out and especially after all these hate crimes attacking our community.

  21. Klien says

    Are we going to keep pretend that it’s not young Hispanic men responsible for not only every anti hate crime so far this year, but look at the anti gay crimes from the city last year, virtually all but 3 were by younger Hispanic dudes. But let’s keep pretending that’s not the case. The community in NYC is sickening in it’s political correctness.

  22. LipstickDiva says

    not just gay dudes. But lesbians too. these thugs are verbally targeting lesbians like me and my girl friend. 10 years of living in the city and I haven’t had so many strangers call me a dyke and threaten to beat me. and yeah, unfortunately in every case it’s been a latino. my girl friends have also been threatened and called gay slurs around hells kitchen.
    somethings happening here and whats frustrating is it feels like no one in the community cares to address it.

  23. David Hearne says

    Pedro – you are throwing up a false equation. Given the complaint the question isn’t “Are the whitest states the most pro-gay?” rather it would be “Are the whitest states the safest for gay people?”

    I don’t know the answer to that question, but given that whitest regions are the safer overall, I’ll go out on a limb and bet that they are.

  24. IonMusic says

    There’s clearly Hispanic gangs, and not just one, initiating homophobic attacks. Copy cat attacks as well. This is messed up as hell.

  25. David Hearne says

    I love how “gay leaders” have no compunction about infantilizing black people. When Prop 8 succeeded in California, it was because the gay community didn’t “reach out to black people” and now in Illinois the gay community failed to “reach out to black people”. Are black people so stupid that they don’t get it? Or does “reach out” mean “promise something in exchange for support”?

  26. ratbastard says

    This could be a form of ‘cleansing’, like the way primarily Mexican but also Central American gangs in southern California / L.A. are basically at war with not just black gangs but black people, trying to scare them out of whole neighborhoods, even the region itself.

    This could also be a form of what used to be called ‘blockbusting’. A good example dates from the 1970s when real estate interests and those who wanted to buy cheap inner city real estate needed to get the mostly long time white [often working class/lower middle class] residents out of their homes and their old neighborhoods. They not only used the legitimate and very real fear of surging violent crime [often racial in nature], but even deliberately engaged in violence against holdouts. There was at this time a surge in ‘poor’ people coming into America and the cities from [in the northeast] the mostly Spanish speaking Caribbean and black people from the rural south moving north post 1965 civil rights act. These people rented and real estate interests realized the homes long time usually white residents lived in in these inner city neighborhoods were now valuable rental properties, especially with the advent of subsidized housing like section 8. But many weren’t fleeing [so-called white flight] fast enough, so they engaged in various tactics to not only get them out faster, but to pick up their property very cheaply. Large developments were also being built in surrounding metro suburban areas and developers needed to fill them up, also.

    I dunno, but there does seem to be some kind of planned or semi-planned effort going on to harass gays and lesbians.

  27. Francis #1 says

    What’s going in NYC, and to a lesser extent in Seattle, Boston, San Francisco and some other cities, was the fear that marriage equality was going to cause complacency. And that people would believe all issues are solved because their state has marriage equality or has a reputation of being accepting so everything is perfect. And clearly, that is not the case. Gays in these cities truly do have an “it can’t happen here” mentality, yet it continues to happen. They don’t really want to address it because to address it would be admitting that homophobia is rife in areas that are supposed safe zones for LGBT citizens.

    Very sad situation. Hate crimes against every other group in the US are going down—except LGBT citizens.

  28. says

    One low-life stated it is not hate, simply people are tired of gays pushing their lifestyle in your face !What a dangerous and brainless,warped jerk ! If attacking two men walking in the streets of Chelsea for holding hands is not hate, then what is ?How is being out of the closet and proud of your sexuality forcing a lifestyle on you ? What a down and out loser ! There is no doubt in my mind you are an uneducated and low on the economic scale A-hole that is probably an evil religious nut-job and can not handle your own sexuality, let alone that of a group that is sick and tired of being marginalized, terrorized and disrespected by some lousy low-life bigot like you !

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