“Oh s–t, is that a guy or a girl?” one of the teens yelled. Shortell thought to himself that the slur was “juvenile,” but he crossed to Wythe Avenue just to be safe.
But the group followed and shoved Shortell against a wall, fracturing his jaw, nose and eye sockets. He has no recollection of the attack.
“I feel pretty confident they perceived me as a gay man and attacked me, but I can’t understand why they did what they did,” said Shortell. “I looked horrible. Blood was everywhere.”
Shortell was taken to Woodhull Hospital, where surgeons operated for nearly 10 hours resetting his jaw and putting three metal plates in his head. A surgeon compared the force of impact to that of a car accident.
That's from Aaron Short (Brooklyn Paper) and it's disgusting. I live in the gay section of my city. (For obvious reasons, I'm a lesbian and I liked the feel of this neighborhood.) There are some clubs about two blocks away -- gay clubs. And next to one of them we have a 24 hour grocery store. A friend of mine was over in August (he's been over since) and I was out of something. I forget what. But he said he'd go to the grocery store and get it.
So he takes off, gets outside, it's nice and he decides he'll walk. He's passing the gay club and headed into the parking lot of the grocery store when these boys start cat-calling him from a car, high school punks, saying things like, "Are you a f**? You look queer! Hey, queer boy!" And he's like 35-years-old so he just ignores them. (He's also straight.) But when he came back and told me, I couldn't believe it.
I'd never seen anything like that. And, again, this is a gay neighborhood. For example, if I go to the street in front of me, I may not be able to find a toy store but I can find multiple places to purchase a vibrator. Same if I go to the street behind me. You may as well call this neighborhood "Gay Town." (And I think I have before in posts here.)
So the punks drove into this area for one reason. And if my friend had said something back, you know they would have jumped out of the car -- probably with baseball bats.
And last year, we did have someone get really beaten up, a gay man, about five blocks from where I live (five blocks would be the edge of gay town). It was two or so in the morning and he was jumped and attacked.
So here's my point.
These people doing this? They are making a point to go to Gay Town. I say throw the book at 'em, I have no sympathy for them. Sorry. I realize many are closet cases who haven't managed to deal with it yet but I don't care. No sympathy. I'll sympathize with the victims.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"