Early Sunday morning, a gay man’s jaw was broken after a fight broke out in Brooklyn, New York. Police are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.
The 27-year-old victim was trying to break up a fight. That’s when the attacker called the victim an anti-homosexual slur and punched him in the face, cops said.
This incident is a reminder that despite New York City being an enclave for the LGBT community, hate crimes still happen based on a person’s sexual orientation and gender identity.
As NewNowNext points out, hate crimes against gay men are the most common type of hate crimes against a person in New York City. A study released in August, 2016 gives us the troubling statistics:
The most frequently reported bias motivations for hate crimes against individuals were anti male homosexual (26.2%), anti-Jewish (24%) and anti-black (15.6%).
Gay men (72), Jewish (66), and black (43) individuals were targeted in 181 of the 275 bias crimes against people
Within the anti-sexual orientation category, male homosexual bias accounted for the majority of incidents (72 of 89).
These stats are from 2015. The NYPD has yet to release information regarding 2016.
Other reports recently released have shown that this year, there have already been more hate motivated homicides against LGBT people than all of 2016.
That report comes from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. The data they present shows that in 2016 there were 28 hate-violence-related homicides of LGBT people. Already this year, there have been 33 anti-LGBT hate violence murders across the country. The date from 2016 does not include the Pulse nightclub terror attack hate crime murders of 49 people.
The attacker from Sunday morning’s incident in Brooklyn is still on the loose. Police released photos and video of the attacker, who’s described as black, about 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds. He wore a white tank-top and dark pants.
If you have any information, please contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.