1 Charged With Hate Crime in Attack on NYC Gay Couple
Alfonso Lanier charged with hate crime
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 18, 2013 2:18 AM CDT
A man has been arrested after allegedly attacking a gay couple.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Police have arrested a 23-year-old man following a group attack last month on a gay couple in Manhattan. Alfonso Lanier has been charged with hate crime assault and aggravated harassment, CBS New York reports, and police are still looking for fellow attackers. After Peter Notman and Michael Felenchak left a movie theater in Chelsea, two men began shouting anti-gay slurs before punching and kicking them, according to police. Several more people then teamed up with the attackers.

"It was six of them against the two of us," says Notman. "I was hit with brass knuckles down the side of my face," he added. "I had contusions, had to have an MRI, and Michael received several stitches in his mouth where they punched us ... I was shocked this happened on the street I call home." The couple managed to call police and the attackers ran off. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and state Sen. Brad Hoylman condemned the attack, distributing flyers to raise awareness. "I am appalled by reports that two men were senselessly beaten in Chelsea simply because they were perceived to be gay," Quinn said, per CNN. The attack came amid a spate of violence against gay people in the city over the summer; CBS recounts the details. Another random—and fatal—attack is being treated as a hate crime.

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Sep 18, 2013 2:45 PM CDT
This is a start of a strong backlash against damages done to western masculinity. It will get stronger. That pendulum is swinging back and hard. It is very unfortunate in this particular case. Men have been marginalized and neglected for the last 60 years. They are not taught how to express emotions in a healthy way. They lack masculine role models. Anger and violence are most primal and most expressed due to scarcity of emotional range. Emotional intelligence is presented in effeminate manner with slimy, controlling mechanisms that are designed to keep men enslaved in traditional roles and restrict expression. Misandry, lies and false theories only compound these problems. Men are disconnecting from society and cultivate anger displacements. It is not enough to ring the bell any longer. It is time for western men to stand up and reassert their rights.
Sep 18, 2013 1:59 PM CDT
This is weird. Chelsea is a very gay part of Manhattan. This gang probably came from another part of town for the express purpose of gay bashing. I'm surprised there weren't several other gay men on the street to help these two men.
Sep 18, 2013 7:52 AM CDT
This is a hate crime but the kid shooting the white Australian in the back after posting that he "hates white people" isn't? Okay, liberals, what gives?