Police are investigating an attack of gay New York City journalist as a possible hate crime.
On 18 January Randy Gener, a writer and editor, was a block away from his midtown Manhattan apartment (approximately 10 blocks from Times Square). He was attacked by a number of unknown suspects, left unconscious in the street.
When police arrived, the victim was lying in a pool of his blood with his head bashed in.
According to Eyewitness News Live, a local ABC station, Gener was transported to hospital where he underwent brain surgery. Presently he’s listed in serious but stable condition.
‘He can’t answer the questions of what happened that night, he doesn’t really exactly know who we are or where he’s at sometimes,’ Gener’s sister, Jessica Blair Driessler said to Eyewitness Live. ‘…It’s really painful to see him here the way that he is because he’s the most articulate person.’
Gener has reported for major publications, including the New York Times and New York Daily News.
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This is the latest crime in a troubling trend in New York City. Figures from the city’s police department show that LGBTI hate violence has doubled from 2012 to 2013.
Sharon Stapel, the executive director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP), suggested in a 2013 September GSN editorial that heightened sensitivity to violence might be attached to the jump in anti-gay crimes.
‘What we are seeing at AVP is an overall greater visibility for the violence that LGBT people in New York City, and across the country, experience every day. We are also seeing increasing reporting of violence, in no small part due to this increased visibility,’ Stapel wrote.
If you’re a victim of violence, please contact the police and AVP.