May 16, 2013 at 9:00 am EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Anti-gay attacks spark concern in NYC
Gay News, Washington Blade, Christine Quinn, Gay New York

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (Photo by Thomas Good / NLN via Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK—A series of attacks against LGBT New Yorkers in Manhattan over the last two weeks has sparked concern among local advocates.

The Anti-Violence Project said four men shouted anti-gay slurs as they attacked Nick Porto and Kevin Atkins near Madison Square Garden on May 5. The agency said the New York Police Department has arrested a suspect in connection with a second anti-gay attack that took place in Union Square on May 7.

Two men reportedly shouted anti-gay slurs as they attacked a man who was leaving a West Village bar on May 8. The NYPD arrested two men who allegedly attacked two gay men near a PATH station in Herald Square around 5 a.m. on May 9.

“I am outraged by this string of assaults,” New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a lesbian, said in a statement issued May 10. “These vicious assaults are not reflective of the diversity that defines New York City.”

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

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