Rather than face a military court martial, Air Force Staff Sgt. Benjamin Ford admitted guilt in the NYC gay bashing of Blake Hayes. In pleading guilty to three counts of assault and battery, Ford has been been stripped of his rank. He wrote apology letters to Hayes and his friends.
On a personal note, kudos to Hayes, who immediately went public with his story, including tales of the NYPD, incredibly, initially dismissing his claims of assault until local politicians (including Christine Quinn) and the media weighed in. We need more folks like Hayes, willing to speak about anti-gay violence, and mount campaigns to ensure it doesn’t go unpunished.