A nineteen-year old has been caught and charged with a bias crime after he allegedly physically and verbally assaulted the co-founder of a NYC anti-violence LGBT direct action group. Eugene Lovendusky (in image, above) was called a “faggot” by a group of nine men and was hit in the jaw.
“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,” NY1 reports:
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 group of 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’s assault is the the ninth violent anti-LGBT attack this month in NYC, and the 27th this year.
After the Mark Carson murder, the NYPD pledged to increase patrols in areas like the West Village and other historically gay neighborhoods. By all accounts, New York’s police have been very supportive of the LGBT community in the wake of the anti-gay hate crime wave.
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