NYC Gay-Bashings Increasing, May Double Last Year’s Total

NYC Bashings

The New York Daily News has a sobering story on the rise of gay-bashings in New York City. The attacks cover the gamut from simple verbal attacks to murder, though the majority of the cases are assaults with six of them being felony-level, including the murder of Mark Carson by Elliot Morales. The NYPD is preparing to handle double the number of attacks compared to last year, though Sharon Stapel at the NYC Anti-Violence Project says it's too soon to tell. Whether the attacks will double or not, the current 68 bias attacks are already well beyond last year's total of 54.

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is running for mayor, has taken great interest in the problem and said of the attacks, 

They think they’re going to make the people and the community they don’t like go away, that they’re going to push us back into the closet.

The way that the community and survivors of these attacks have stood up, that’s real bravery, and I think that has inspired others to stand up.

While the attacks are leaving some scared to walk down the street, there has been a galvanizing effect on the gay community, causing them to speak out and get the attention of the NYPD and city council. This attention has helped foster a conversation in the city about the crimes, and one result has been for the council to sponsor free self defense classes in all five boroughs.


  1. Jim says

    That particular block is always in the news for street crimes. The public housing project around the block supplies a fresh supply of ignorant thugs. Depressing.

  2. Lee says

    No matter how many idiots are here in the south I’d rather live and die in Dixie than go up north. Least here neighbors look out for one another up north they are the ones most likely to kill you.

  3. Office Space says

    LGBT in NY couldn’t give a crap. Lived there and never saw more complacency toward LGBT issues. They care FAR more about Rihanna performing at some club over actual REAL LGBT issues. Until LGBT in NY demand respect, why should we give a crap about them when they don’t give a crap about themselves?

  4. Diego says

    I’ve seen more activism by GLBT in North Dakota than I did in New York. As mentioned time and time again when these crimes occur in NYC: there needs to be a mental shift where GLT are actually passionate about the mistreatment they endure.

  5. Mia says

    A gay man got shot in the face for being gay in the streets of New York City recently and only 2,000 LGBT and LGBT allies came for a small little rally that ended as soon as it started. Compare that to the estimated 2 MILLION LGBT who showed up for a three day pride parties around the same time. Don’t act all surprised that other people don’t take your self worth more seriously than you do. I feel safer, with a more sense of community being trans in the midwest than being trans in New York where everyone apologizes for being LGBT and their idea of activism is going to drag show, or gay club.

  6. ratbastard says

    When you mix well off or comfortable people living next to welfare class people in housing projects and section 8, expect trouble. You’re dealing with two starkly different cultures. The socioeconomic stratification in places like NY, especially Manhattan, has gotten especially severe over the past 20 odd years, and is getting more severe. It’s turning into something similar to a big Brazilian city. It’s become a city of wealth and privilege and a welfare class mired in generations of subsidized poverty and ignorance. And that welfare class is more youthful and connected to violence, criminal activity and gangs. They see gay males, regardless of color or ethnicity, as weak and soft, easy targets. And once a confrontation occurs, for whatever reason, no, you will not be able to talk or reason your way out of it. And if you talk smack, it will result in violence. That’s what thugs call trash talking: girl talk. A women might get away with it, a man, especially a gay man, will not.

    To the southerners on here:

    Most of the problems we have up north in our cities comes from American black people who have strong southern connections, and when I was a young kid, most were actually born and raised in the south. They bring with them a culture that’s obsessed with ‘disrespect’ and being ‘respected’, a very sensitive, chip on their should culture. What sociologist refer to as an honor culture, where any sign of real or imagined disrespect is responded to very seriously. I’m not surprised many black Americans from the south encountered problems when they moved north to cities, they entered a very different world and very different culture.

  7. johnny says

    Very clear observation, Rat. And whether or not people like reading it, it’s totally true.

    There’s a very odd, confrontational thing that happens with young, poor, urban black men:

    They say something mean to you and if you dare even utter a syllable back, automatically the fight is on. It’s like they’re looking for an excuse – ANY excuse – to beat you up. But oddly enough, this is only done where they know they can get away with it, the cowards won’t do this in front of a large group of people during the day or anywhere near police. It’s always late at night and in places they know there’s a quick getaway.

    This level of black rage is unbelievable and toxic and it’s everywhere.

  8. says

    @ratbastard, no, you are just blinded by racism. @Johnny, you are also a total racist.

    As for the story, I mean, I am glad the self defense classes are up, as there isnt really anything to do about this. Other than talk about it to prepare people. I do not agree that crime against LGBT people is on the rise, I think the proper reporting of it is.

  9. Koskalaka Maricón says

    Good, the NYC LGBTQI community seems willing to organize at all levels (individual and institutional) to stem these barbarous and violent criminal activities. With the help of law enforcement (from the police to the courts), backed by the next mayor of NYC, Christine Quinn (I’m hoping), the community can gleefully send these loathsome creatures to Rikers Island to play out their homophobic antics.

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