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.
"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: