Post NYC Pride Video Records ‘Hate Crime’ on Subway
While NYC Pride 2013 went off with little complaint, one woman caught a dramatic exchange take place on a Queens- bound subway train late Sunday evening.
You can watch the video of what transpired here:
Details from the video go on to explain that the train had a number of gay and lesbian people on it, and when two men got on the train, they began yelling homophobic comments such as: “Today was a scary day for me. There were fags everywhere.”
A group of younger gay men got on the train and the same two men began to harass them further. The person claiming ownership of the video began to film shortly after the harassment escalated to threats of physical violence, including rape.
It appears a majority of the train passengers stood up to help and support the queer youth, and before long a train security guard intervened in the argument.
However, a young women does appear to be grabbed by the throat as the arguments continued. The woman filming the video was also physically restrained when one of the two men noticed she was filming the situation She said she still has bruises from the incident.
The video details section has a brief description as to why the video was taken:
I uploaded the video to YouTube to see if anyone can identify these men. I was left with bruises and scratches from both assailants which I also documented. If anyone sees them or knows them personally, please contact the authorities. This was a hate crime.”
While hate crimes have been down over all in NYC, anti-LGBT hate-crimes have actually been on the rise, according to a CNN report. “No person — regardless of what they look like or who they love — should ever walk down the street in fear,” Mayor Bloomberg said.
Weeks prior to NYC Pride, there had been at least five anti-LGBT crimes committed in Manhattan’s Westside.
In late May, a local queer activist was attacked by a group of men, physically assaulting him and calling him a “faggot” in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. This was one of 6 anti-LGBT attacks during the month of May.
The week prior, a gay man was brutally murdered in the streets of the Greenwich Village neighborhood. Elliot Morales is the accused shooter. He allegedly followed 32-year-old openly gay Mark Carson in the street and asked him if he “wanted to die here” before shooting Carson in the head. Police say they heard Morales yell anti-gay slurs as well. Morales’s lawyer said his client has a history of being sexually abused by male figures, and this has led to his hated of LGBT individuals.
June is supposed to be a month for all to celebrate the LGBTQ movement and the strides the community has made over the years, but now it will be remembered as a dark time for many. Early Sunday morning, American-born Omar Mateen took the lives of 49 people and wounded 53 others at Pulse, a [...]June 13, 2016
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