Early Saturday morning (late Friday night), singer Kevin Aviance was attacked by six or seven men outside the Phoenix bar in the East Village of Manhattan. He is scheduled to perform during New York Pride, but may not be able to as his jaw is currently wired shut.
When we heard about this story yesterday, we were shocked and saddened that not just a violent crime, but a gay-bashing could happen in what we always considered a safe neighborhood, and we were frightened that it happened right outside one of our favorite New York hang-outs.
The attack occurred around 1 am, and reports say that passersby did nothing to stop the assault from happening even though there were “pedestrians everywhere.” We ask one simple question: where were all the smokers? On Friday night at the Phoenix, there had to have been at least ten gays smoking outside at any given time. We need to stick together better than this.