A gay couple stopped for margaritas in New York's Chelsea neighborhood last evening and were brutally beaten in the process. Via The Advocate:
Jonathan Snipes, 32, and Ethan York-Adams, 25, told DNAinfo they were attacked Tuesday night at Dallas BBQ in Chelsea, a Manhattan neighborhood that has long been considered a safe haven for LGBT people.
Snipes said the incident occurred around 11 p.m. after he accidentally knocked over a drink while leaving the restaurant. He had just received a text message informing him there was a death in his family, which was why he was departing with haste.
“A table near us audibly started making pretty gross comments about the two of us like, 'White faggots, spilling drinks,'” Snipes said.
Snipes said he approached the diners about the antigay slur, at which point a man stood up and began to attack him, knocking him to the floor, kicking his head and spine, and shouting, “Take that, faggot.” Snipes said his head was bruised and one of his teeth were knocked loose in the attack.
I worry that we will see more of these hate-driven crimes as LGBTs gain more rights – especially with an expected upcoming SCOTUS decision that may make same-sex marriage legal nationwide.
Here's the video, but be warned that it is graphic: