Gay Activist Is Ninth Victim Of Hate Crime In New York

May-LGBT-March-Rally-by-JJ-Keyes18Gay activist Eugene Lovendusky (not pictured), a member of the antiviolent activist group Queer Rising, was attacked himself on Friday night, May 24 in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan.

Alan L. Bounville posted a message about the attach on Facebook that read:

Last night, Friday, May 24th, a group of 9-10 men attacked one of my dearest friends, Eugene Lovendusky. They yelled “faggot” at Eugene as he was punched in the jaw. There have been a half-dozen, publicized violent anti-queer crimes in New York City in May 2013, including the cold-blooded murder of Mark Carson, 32, for being a “faggot.”

As New Civil Rights Movement blog reports: Lovendusky spoke at a vigil mourning the shooting death of Mark Carson, just one week ago today. He was the organizer for the Queer Rising rally on May 16, in front of NYC’s Madison Square Garden, just two days before Carson’s murder.

Photo:  Jeffrey James Keyes

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  • fredo777

    A group of 9-10 men had to gang up on one guy?

    Motherfuckin cowards.

  • truthteller

    As reported by NY1, a CNN company:

    A Manhattan teenager is facing hate crime charges after he allegedly struck a local gay activist by a Hell’s Kitchen nightclub early Saturday morning.
    Manuel Riquelme, 19, is charged with hate crime and aggravated harassment after allegedly hitting Eugene Lovendusky, 28, a Queens resident and co-founder of Queer Rising, an LGBT rights and advocacy group.

    Police say the alleged assault took place at 3 a.m. Saturday on West 42nd Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.

    At the time, authorities say Lovendusky and his boyfriend and another friend were leaving the XL nightclub and walking towards a nearby subway stop.

    Police say a group of nine teenagers, including Riquelme, passed the three men and started calling them anti-gay slurs.

    Riquelme allegedly slapped Lovendusky in the face and knocked off the victim’s glasses, according to police.

    After the alleged incident, Lovendusky called police and officers found the teens in a pizzeria at West 40th Street and Ninth Avenue.

    Lovendusky did not seek medical attention.

    The incident is being investigated as a bias assault, according to police.

    None of the other teenagers who accompanied Riquelme are facing charges, according to police.

  • Kangol

    This attack is horrible. The president, Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Cuomo, and other New York City public figures should condemn this outburst of violence and call for an end not just to these violent attacks, but to homophobia and heterosexism.

  • QJ201

    XL may be a great club, but the area around Port Authority is still sketchy.

  • hephaestion

    This is too many attacks to be a coincidence, is it not?
    I wonder if some rich asshole is paying these thugs to go attack gays.

  • Caleb in SC

    @s312g: @Kangol: I agree that this is a heinous string of events and needs to be addressed by Mayor Bloomberg and the New York Chief of Police; however, local police matters are not within the president’s sphere of authority.

  • Scott Johansen

    Somethings happening in NYC. My friends have all reported being harassed by various groups of thugs this past week in NYC. Other reports by gay men on social media confirm the same. SOMETHING IS GOING DOWN. Systematically. Be it a gang operation or in that regard. Shame it’s not getting national coverage to really crack down on it. Nine attacks motivated by hate toward one target demographic in one week (in our nations most prominent city) and I’d expect more chatter about it.

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