Gay Couple Attacked On NYC Subway As Passengers Refused To Help Them

subway trainThe New York City subway isn’t always (or for that matter, ever) a train of tolerance and acceptance.

A 23-year-old man and his partner were attacked Monday night on the subway by six people as their fellow passengers stood idly by.

New York Daily News reports:

Urena Morel Frankelly and his partner were on a southbound No. 2 train Monday night when a woman took a picture of them eating and her friend called them names.

“Why you taking a picture?” the victim asked.

“Feed you face, f—–” the suspect shouted back. Another woman with her chimed in, apparently asking the partner: “Why you with that f—–?”

An argument erupted, and the two women, joined by three others plus a man, attacked Frankelly, police said. His partner tried to intervene, but the victim was repeatedly punched. The pair managed to get off the train at the next stop, West 96th St., and police were called.

Frankelly’s eye was swollen shut and he was treated at St. Luke’s Hospital, though no arrests have been made. Frankelly refused to comment to the NYDN, but according to his partner, “Everyone was watching — no one helped us. That was a very scary situation for us.”

Police are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.

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  • Charli Girl

    ahhh the neighborhood ghetto trash with nothing to do but watch OTHERS GO TO WORK!

  • Stache1

    @Charli Girl: Can’t think of a better description. How brave of all 6 of them too. Trust me. If i had to ride those trains I’d be carrying something to leave my mark if anyone gave me trouble. How people can tolerate that is beyond me.

  • 2eo

    @Stache1: Sadly the fact remains that you can legislate the right to be treat as an equal but their is a significant lag in acceptance from the less educated conservative right wing peers.

  • Kieran

    What do we expect with ghetto “role models” like Azaleia Bush spreading the hate?

  • balehead

    And the fact that “women” are leading most of the homophobic attacks on gays still goes unreported….

  • Charli Girl

    i agree! seems every article its that ghetto trashy type female starting it and then egg the males on to fight!

  • startenout

    @Charli Girl: TOTALLY! My upstairs neighbors attacked me after she called me a f_g and c_cks_ck_r and when I called the police, they did nothing! They didn’t even put what I said in the police report. I had to go down and file myself the next day and have to go to court next week, but I’m not expecting much better.

  • Charli Girl

    @startenout: Nope the hired blue collars won’t do a DAMN thing,they themselves are USUALLY very insecure beings too. So calling on them is useless!! BUT please please DO make the report bc there will be a paper trail and the hired help can’t say you didn’t file a report and something WILL get done!
    Can u believe there are SO many losers out there? Ugh

  • Daniel-Reader

    Easy. If someone starts bugging you, lean forward and start drooling out of your mouth onto the floor. Then grin a devilish smile and say “please… please come near me.”

    They will leave you alone simply out of fear of being slobbered on.

  • LaTeesha

    This is why gays ought to be armed. Shoot first and ask questions later.

  • Dionte

    @LaTeesha: I pray no one ever attacks me, I don’t ever want to have to.

  • Brian

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: women are extremely homophobic towards men and they also cultivate homophobic attitudes in men. The notion that women in general are gay-friendly is pure BS put out out by the PC crowd.

  • Billysees

    @Brian: 12

    You’re on to something.

    Some people think they are naturally worthy of all kinds of attention from everyone.

    And when they don’t get it from a certain group, then they hate that group.

    Hatred radiates.

    Jealously and vanity are at play here.

  • eslteacher1983

    Okay given the location of the next stop that they managed to get off of the subway at would tell me that they most likely boarded in Washington Heights since they were seated, eating, and had a few minutes of this fighting going on. With that being said, sadly I am not shocked that these ghetto trash rats were on the train harassing them. Washington Heights is a hit or miss for the safety of non hood acting people. I lived there for a year so I can speak from personal experience. I had to change neighborhoods because I never truly felt safe, especially late at night walking home from the station to my apartment. I moved to Midtown and magically there were no problems. Coincidence? I think not! This ghetto female rapper that recently called Perez Hilton a faggot and what not isn’t helping our cause AT ALL!!!

  • Aditya

    @eslteacher1983 Azaelia Banks grew up in Harlem, but her mother made about 80k a year. She acts the hood-rat, but she knows she should know better and does it for attention. People see her, and decide that the should act like that too. And it all spirals down.

  • ravachol

    @eslteacher1983: you don’t know what you are talking about, and from your ignorance you are spilling hate. The 2 train does not run through Washington Heights; it turns east as soon as it leaves 96th street going north. If they were going south and got off at 96, then they must have boarded the train somewhere north of central park in central harlem or in the bronx.

    I’m sorry about your personal experiences, but you should be more careful before making irresponsible generalizations like that.

  • eslteacher1983

    @ravachol: Hmm….look in a mirror much? ;)

  • streeteditions

    Admittedly, the subway system’s safety in NYC is reprehensible. But to suddenly objectify the perpetrators as “ghetto” or “hood rats” is equally idiotic. The perpetrators will undoubtedly be posting their video on the web sooner or later. As for the bystanders, I’m ashamed of New Yorkers. But they react in fear when high school students get on the trains, so I don’t expect much, although they could have taken photos with their phones as well. And finally, the NYPD, while they march in the Pride parade, have historically been useless unless motivated by political or judicial interests. It is unfortunately up to us to protect ourselves when we can. Being a cripple, I use a cane which one would presume makes me more a victim, but perhaps because it is metal, I’ve found that brandishing it has stopped more than one assault. I advise the victims to file the report and meet with the Anti-Violence Project as well.

  • Brad007

    I hate to say it but I feel a lot of women are homophobic towards gay men because they are simply jealous gay men make better boyfriends/partners and have better sex lives. And they also have better bodies and get more attention.

  • Charli Girl


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