February 11, 2010 at 11:16 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
D.C. man pleads guilty in anti-gay assault

A D.C. man pleaded guilty Feb. 3 to assaulting and threatening a group of women with a knife in Adams Morgan during an incident that police listed as an anti-gay bias crime.

Christopher McDonald, who is scheduled to be sentenced April 5, approached five women who were eating pizza in public last September and singled out one of the women for being “dressed as a man,” according to an arrest affidavit.

After the woman responded that she was “comfortable” dressing the way she was, McDonald said that “in Jamaica, I’d shoot you in the mouth if you were gay,” the affidavit quotes a witness as saying. It says McDonald then produced a “black handled knife with a shiny steel blade” and approached the woman from behind. The other women shouted, “He’s got a knife,” prompting McDonald to further “confront” the first woman, says the affidavit.

“She thought [McDonald] was going to stab her and was in fear for her life,” says the affidavit.

It says McDonald and a man accompanying him then fled the area. He was later arrested at a nearby location after police recovered the knife from a car he was occupying, the affidavit says.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

1 Comment
  • If Mr. McDonald is a native Jamaican and not a U-S citizen, he should be deported after completing his sentence.

    Too often, immigrants bring their anti-gay hatred with them into the U-S. If the gay community is serious about ending violence, it should be about forcing the government to enforce its laws and kicking these bigots out of the country.

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