A D.C. gay man was attacked in New York last weekend at Stonewall Inn, site of the historic 1969 protests that many credit for launching the modern gay rights movement.
Ben Carver, a Shaw resident who works in communications, was in New York for a weekend of leisure with his boyfriend, he wrote on his blog. He was allegedly harassed by two straight men in the restroom who asked him for money, called him a faggot and struck him multiple times. He fought back and was able to get away. Carver’s boyfriend called 911 and chased the attackers as they fled the bar. They were apprehended a short time later.
Carver was in Washington this week but returns to New York Friday for a hearing on the matter.
New York police have charged 21-year-old Matthew Francis and 17-year-old Christopher Orlando, both of Staten Island, in the attack. They face charges of third-degree assault as a hate crime and attempted robbery.