Anti-Violence Project Works With LGBT Community in Wake of Recent NYC Attacks
UPDATE: According to a statement from the Anti-Violence Project, the organization is working with the victims in the attacks as well as the NYPD, gay rights groups, lawmakers and other authorities in order to capture the assaulters and to prevent future attacks.
On Thursday, May 16, AVP will join Queer Rising’s Rally and March: Queers Take Back the Night, an event responding to the series of anti-gay attacks. AVP will speak about safety for the New York area LGBT community. The event will be held outside Madison Square Garden.
For more information, you can read the full release here.
New York City has experienced three possible anti-gay attacks in a single week, as CBS New York reports, two gay men were assaulted in midtown Manhattan.
According to police, the two men attempted to enter a billiards hall around 5 a.m. on May 10 but were not let in. They were then approached by a group of five people who hurled anti-gay slurs and attacked the two men.
The victims tried to escape but were beaten again when the suspects caught up to them at the entrance to a nearby PATH station. Port Authority Police Sgt. Michael Thomas, who witnessed the attack from a patrol car, broke it up with the help of other officers. Two of the five men allegedly involved with the beating were arrested; the others were able to escape the police.
Although the victims were not identified in the CBS report, Queerty notes a reader tipped them off that one of the victims is Edin Sol, a porn star for Lucas Entertainment.
"I’m still in recovery after this malevolent attack," Sol told Queerty. "I can’t get over this situation and the fact it still happens. I feel in shock and unsafe going out anymore until someone does something about it."