Attacked in Beaten in New York City For Being Gay

This is NYC 2011.

You would think, this wouldn’t still happen. But we must remember, hate is still everywhere. Sure we have gay bars and gay pride and one or two rights, but we are still hated by many. Damian Furtch is a reminder, hate still exists. Even in New York City.

STEPH WATTS reports, 26 year old Damian Furtch was on his way home from work at a restaurant late Sat night (Sunday morning), when he stopped off at a McDonalds in NYC’s West Village ( a predominantly gay area) to get some food. It was approx. 4:30 am.

While inside the restaurant Damian noticed 2 men staring at him – giving him “looks” – we have all been there, we know what this feels like. It was late, Damian was tired, he felt uncomfortable and he didn’t want any trouble so he left.

He was across the street, walking away while on the phone to a friend when the 2 men from McDonalds approached him and asked him “if he had a problem” before he knew it he was punched in the face by one man, then instantly felt another punch by the second perp, and then he heard it – “You Fucking Faggot” , the words as hurtful as the punches.

Damian managed to get away – but not before suffering a severe beating to his face – and head to the nearest hospital where the police were called. He filed a police report and the cops appropriately asked him if they used any slurs. Damian said yes “they called me a faggot.” Now these 2 thugs are wanted in connection to a HATE crime. Damian got 4 stitches and they have to break and re-set his nose.


Take a stand for Damian against the epidemic of hate in this country. It doesn’t stop here….This is where it starts.

We commend Damian on his bravery for coming forward, for not being ashamed as to what happened. We are  committed to seeking justice for Damian. Please stand with me on this issue and add Damian as a friend on facebook – let him know his is not alone in this fight!


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