CRIME WAVE

Eight Reported Attacks Against LGBT New Yorkers; What Should Be Done?

May LGBT March Rally by JJ Keyes16The number of reported violent hate crimes against LGBT people in New York continues to escalate, as the city’s Anti-Violence Project is now investigating the assault of a transgender woman on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, NY.

Awareness for anti-LGBT violence in the city has grown exponentially since the murder of Mark Carson late last Friday. Political leaders have spoken out against the hate crimes and marched alongside concerned citizens at peaceful demonstrations, but it hasn’t yet brought an end to the crime wave. Earlier today we reported on the brutal attack against club promoter Dan Contarino, who was savagely beaten along with his boyfriend. There have since been reports that an unidentified gay couple was attacked around 5 a.m. today on Broadway, between Prince and Houston Street, by two men shouting anti-gay slurs.  The two men, identified as Fabian Ortiz, 32, and Pedro Jimenez, 23, have been arrested and charged with assault as a hate crime.

The AVP 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.

Some Queerty readers have indicated providing safety tips isn’t sufficient, and have suggested a reformation of the Pink Panthers, a neighborhood watch group founded by members of the activist organization Queer Nation, which once helped make the mean streets of New York safer for LGBT citizens. Share your thoughts in the comments section.