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.”