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NYPD: Gang Targeted Gay Men in Vicious Attack

NYPD: Gang Targeted Gay Men in Vicious Attack

Associated Press

October 09, 2010

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the city’s highest-ranking openly gay official, called the attacks “vile” and “horrifying.”

“These attacks are appalling and are even more despicable because the victims were clearly targeted in acts of hate simply because they are gay,” Quinn said. “The cowardly few who committed these crimes do not represent New Yorkers, and our community will not be cowed by such violence.”

A weekend rally on anti-gay bias was planned following other crimes against gays.

On Sunday, a patron at the Stonewall Inn, a symbol of the gay rights movement since protests over a 1969 police raid there, was beaten in an anti-gay bias attack, according to prosecutors. Two suspects in the case were charged. Their attorneys say they’re not guilty.

That attack followed the Sept. 22 death of New Jersey college student Tyler Clementi, who jumped off the George Washington Bridge after his sexual encounter with a man in his dorm room was secretly streamed online. The student’s roommate and another freshman have been charged with invasion of privacy. Authorities are considering bias-crime charges.

The attacks remain all too common, and there is still a stigma to being a lesbian, gay, bisexual or trangendered person, said Sharon Stapel, executive director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project, which works to combat attacks on gays and others. That stigma leads to such attacks and to young people feeling their only alternative is suicide.

“We have to stop thinking that it’s OK to bully LGBT people or make fun of LGBT people,” Stapel said.

“What we see now is the link between casual sort of comments and the real and horrific violence that results because those comments contribute to an entire culture of violence,” she said.

Copyright © 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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    arroyol

    almost 4 years ago

    696 Comments

    bump rhood

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    rhood

    almost 4 years ago

    23592 Comments

    There are many wrongs in this incident, preditor praying on young boys, bangers praying on their own, put them all in jail.

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    This sounds wrong from many different angles...including a 30 year old man having "relations" with minors...on top of the assault charges

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    bklyn

    almost 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    quick action by police and info passed by onlooker helped move the gangbangers off the street.

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    JMichaelSven

    almost 4 years ago

    246 Comments

    Round them up, lock them up, loose the key!!!

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    DALLASCRANE

    almost 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Bangers on the street. Bankers 4 ever. Lock and key. and lose the key.

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    clobster

    almost 4 years ago

    1552 Comments

    Barbaric, hateful, despicable. Period.

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    madog87

    almost 4 years ago

    894 Comments

    their all gay when they get to prison any way..... this is a nasty horrible crime though hope they get a hefty sentence less bangers on the streets

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    Althought hate crimes are especially heinous, let's not forget at least one of the "victim's" here was a prospect for th LK's...he would not have minded victimizing others for no reason at all so maybe it's a little street justice...

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    "They could clean, but they couldn't hide"....nice quote Ray...

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    Kitten81

    almost 4 years ago

    1252 Comments

    My thoughts on this are....they probably have hidden gay tendancies themselves...and that's why this threatened them to such an extent that they would do this to another human being. What scum...although...they're gang members, so they were already scum to begin with.

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    theshieldman2000

    almost 4 years ago

    578 Comments

    thats just like them Latin QUEENS.....uurr, uuh......... I mean Kings.....
    But seriously, all gangs sould be subject to a gas chamber... a mass gas chamber. Just throw'em all in there!

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    Anonymous

    almost 4 years ago

    there is a special place in hell

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    hotmomperez03

    almost 4 years ago

    1898 Comments

    where in hell was i """"""
    them asswhole deserve death penalty ,,,, no fk questions ask...
    i am hungry for some lating kings right now,,,,,,,,,,,

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    uncledennis1

    almost 4 years ago

    23294 Comments

    Agree with 227.

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