It may have been New York City’s first pride celebration following the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on DOMA and Prop. 8, but it’s apparent that the recent spate of crimes against LGBT people isn’t over. A Queerty reader alerted us to an incident that happened around 11:45 p.m. June 30 on the F train to Queens. Following the pride festivities in Manhattan two men began uttering remarks such as “Today was a scary day for me. There were fags everywhere.”
As a group of LGBT people boarded the train, “the men proceeded to harass them, stating that the teens made them want to puke and that they would be killed if they were in Iran. The first assailant then threatened to rape them, at which point I took out my phone to document the incident.”
The video shows a man making a threat against a group of young people.
Then, the witness writes, “seeing that he was being recorded, the first assailant lunged at me, violently grabbing my arms while trying to steal away my phone. One of the youth took the phone from me temporarily to protect it and told the assailant he shouldn’t attack a woman. When the assailant threatened to punch me, I took the phone back and ran to the other side of the train to push the emergency button and alert the authorities. At this point the second assailant got up and came towards me, grabbing my body and hands to try and get the phone to destroy the evidence. I yelled and told him I was an attorney. An onlooker then got up and stood between the assailants and myself, and another person left to get the train conductor.”
According to the witness, the two attackers exited the train at the Roosevelt Avenue station in Jackson Heights, Queens, but were overheard saying that they were en route to Jamaica, Queens.
The witness said the police report lists the altercation as “harassment,” with no mention of hate crime, assault or attempted robbery. The video was uploaded to YouTube to potentially help ID the attackers.
According to the email, the victim 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.”
New York’s Anti-Violence Project has issued a statement denouncing the incident. The AVP encourages anyone who witnesses or experiences an act or violence or harassment to report it to the free and confidential 24-hour bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline at (212) 714-1141.