The New York City Anti-Violence Project has learned of an anti-gay hate violence attack that occurred Monday, Oct. 13 on Washington Avenue near Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights Brooklyn. According to media sources, a 33-year-old man was followed into his apartment building and attacked with a hammer by a man yelling anti-gay slurs. At this time, the suspect remains at large. The survivor was treated for injuries and then released.
This is one of two brutal anti-LGBTQ incidents that occurred within two days here in New York City, and the second alert that AVP has released Oct. 14. The first occurred on Sunday, Oct. 12 on Bushwick Avenue near Halsey Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn. According to the Gay City News, an unidentified 28-year-old transgender woman was walking with a friend when she was viciously attacked by four men using anti-LGBTQ slurs who beat her with a 2×4. She was transported to Elmhurst hospital where she is in stable condition, but at risk for having suffered permanent brain damage from the attack.
According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs’ ( NCAVP ) most recent report on hate violence to which AVP contributed local data, reports of hate violence increased 26% in New York City against LGBTQ and HIV-affected people, continuing a four-year trend in increases.
AVP has reached out to Make the Road New York’s Globe LGBTQ Justice Project, the Brooklyn Community Pride Center, New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito’s office, the office of Councilmember Laurie Cumbo, the office of Public Advocate Letitia James, the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, and the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force, Community Affairs Unit, and the LGBT Liaison to the Police Commissioner.
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