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Gay Couple Physically Attacked In New York After Leaving Movie Theater Holding Hands

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Peter Nortman and his boyfriend, Michael Felenchak, left the Bow Tie Chelsea Cinema in Manhattan this week just after midnight when they were ambushed by two men shouting gay slurs.

Peter and Michael had been holding hands as they departed the theater.

The attack escalated when four more men, believed now by authorities to be friends of the other two, joined the brawl.

Said Peter:

"We did what we could. It was six of them and two of us."

Peter and Michael were both taken to the hospital to treat their injuries, staying there all night. Peter’s head was visibly bruised, and Michael required seven stitches on his face.

Mayoral candidate, Christine Quinn, who represents Chelsea as a City Councilwoman and is herself gay, said:

“I am appalled by reports that two men were senselessly beaten in Chelsea simply because they were perceived to be gay. Holding hands as they walked down West 24th Street, they were assaulted as their attackers hurled anti-gay slurs. The cowardly individuals who committed this crime do not represent New Yorkers and our community will not be cowed by such violence. New York City’s greatest strength is our diversity, and we will not stand for attacks against anyone, for any reason."

We couldn’t agree more, Councilwoman!

We’re not saying everyone in the world has to agree, but they DO have to get along! And violence ain’t the way to achieve it.

Our thoughts go out to Michael and Peter and we wish them a speedy recovery.

[Image via NBC Channel 4 New York.]

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14 comments to “Gay Couple Physically Attacked In New York After Leaving Movie Theater Holding Hands”

  1. Tess says – reply to this


    anyone else having a flashback to the civil rights movement? Disgusting

  2. arnold says – reply to this


    this is bullshit! when will these homophobic bigots learn to live and let others live

  3. jane says – reply to this


    this is pretty much unfair! and even more surprisingly that such a thing happens in the "free-minded-state-of-america"! earlier the blacks were discriminated because of their color.. now the gays for their gender..what comes next?
    live and let living! as long as you're not assaulted by anyone, leave the ppl alone!
    i will never understand this kind of violant behavior towards anyone! especially a calm gay-couple who just walked out of some movie theater! this is embarassing!

  4. 4

    i thought the days of Discrimination were over apparently not i think the one's who do this are the ones who are afraid to come out themselves For fear of retribution people have the right to live their lives the way they want, and we as a society don't have the right to treat those who want to live those live styles…

  5. ms trudy says – reply to this


    her words mean nothing. what is she going to do about this incident? will she find the six men and prosecute them ? probably not. talk is cheap.

  6. fid says – reply to this


    Re: jane – I don't think America was ever "free-minded". From what I gather there are a portion of forward thinking citizens but unless your freedom is loving guns, forget about it. The fact that being an interracial couple is still perceived poorly in some states is strange to me. America was never the land of the free, that's just something they pretended to have…freedom.

  7. 7

    These latent sexually confused thugs are boldly invading once predominantly LGBT neighborhoods from Chelsea to the Castro. If no one is bothering you, what difference does it make if two, happy people are demonstrating a small token of affection for each other? I've never understood the motivation for such truly sick behavior. If you are so riled up and erratically disturbed by something that is totally none of your business, in the darkness of your lonely room, you would be well advised to face that man/woman in the mirror and ask, why? That also goes for those who attack innocent animals. You truly have some psychological defects if you are unable to control your reaction to something you may well envy or yearn to express. I'm just say in'………

  8. mr pete says – reply to this


    Expect a lot more crimes in NYC
    For several years under Bloomberg the city has had tough stop and frisk laws, where if a crime had been committed and the police see a suspect that fit the description of the perp, they would stop and frisk
    Erck Holder and others said this was racial profiling, because more blacks were stopped than whites (more blacks committed crimes than whites)
    Police can no longer stop anyone, just watch the crimes soar
    Any description of the gang who attacked this innocent gay men ?

  9. happygurl says – reply to this


    I wish humanity could grow and learn 3 things : gay is ok, pot is ok and religion is silly. By the way who raises these kinds of people? Parents need to step up to the plate and make sure they teach respect and compassion to their kids at a young age. Stop raising monsters.

  10. JD says – reply to this


    Gods word says in Romans chapter 1 that homosexuals will go to hell, but Jesus would never condone what was done to these two people, it was wrong.

  11. 11

    they look good for being attacked by six men.

  12. wtf says – reply to this


    there should be a law passed against anti-gay people 5 years in jail

  13. WorldOfIdiots says – reply to this


    Re: JD – You need help if you honestly believe in religion, maybe I'll write a book with ridiculous rules for the world and 3000 years later, people will take it as fact. Get a mind of your own.

  14. 14

    Enough!Shame on you NYC!