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New York City police searching for two different suspects in separate anti-gay hate crimes

New York City police searching for two different suspects in separate anti-gay hate crimes

This past Saturday (1 June) the New York City Police Department released drawings of two suspects wanted in anti-gay hate crimes.

One is sought for a 27 May attack on a city subway. A 27-year-old gay man was talking to another man, when they were approached by the culprit. An anti-gay slur was yelled and the victim was punched twice in the face. According to the police, the suspect fled to to the back of the train.

According to local news channel NY1, the second attack occurred earlier this year on 17 March. The second victim, a 49-year-old woman, was also punched in the face as anti-gay term was uttered.

GSN spoke to Sharon Stapel, the executive director of the Anti-Violence Project. She stressed gay hate crimes should be reported to law enforcement and AVP.

‘Reporting violence can help end violence,’ she said.

Stapel noted that, according to AVP figures, gay hate crimes have increased in the city. In 2010, AVP reported 398 such incidents. A year later that number spiked to 451. The organization will release its most recent yearly report this week.

The AVP will be sponsoring two meetings this week  in response to these attacks. The first will be held Thursday (6 June) at the at New York City’s LGBT Community Center. This gathering will offer information and safety tips.

The second meeting will be the next day, 7 June, and is part of what is called ‘Friday Community Safety Nights.’ From 24 May until the end of June AVP ‘will be out on the streets doing outreach in neighborhoods affected by anti-LGBTQ violence to raise awareness and provide people with information and safety tips.’

For information, please visit the group’s Facebook page.