Even as hundreds of New Yorkers marched in a second consecutive peace rally over the past two days, another gay man has become the sixth victim in a series of homophobic attacks that has plagued the city during recent weeks.
“Dan Contarino (pictured), a former promoter of Shampoo Nightclub’s Shaft Fridays, was jumped last night at Avenue D & 4th Street,” writes Bruce Yelk, a close friend of Contarino’s, on his blog Nightlife Gay. Yelk also reports witnesses saying the male assailant yelled “faggot” as he kicked and beat Contarino.
The hate crime took place the same night community and political leaders joined hundreds of upset New Yorkers to march in a peaceful demonstration against the recent spate of anti-gay violence. Since the beginning of the month, there have been a total of six reported attacks, with one resulting in a fatality.
The New York City Anti-Violence Project will hold a Community Safety Night on Friday, May 24 to raise awareness and provide people with information and safety tips. The meetings will continue each Friday through June. AVP encourages you to report any violence you experience or witness to its free and confidential 24-hour bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline at 212-714-1141.
Early this morning Contarino tweeted a message to his followers about the incident, saying that his injuries required minor surgery.
THANKS FOR CALLS…. GAY BASHED LAST NITE…. back from small surgery…. CHEST XRAYS THIS AM…. suspect still… fb.me/28tZ96d4x
— Dan Contarino (@dancontarino) May 21, 2013