Two men in New York were assaulted at a subway stop in New York’s Greenwich Village last weekend, and the suspect has not yet been found.
J.P. Masterson and his partner, Peter Moore, were returning from dinner and a Broadway show in celebration of their 10-year anniversary when a man on the subway platform asked if they were gay. They ignored him, and the man lunged at Masterson and began shoving him toward the tracks.
He yelled gay slurs at the men and began hitting Masterson, leaving him with seven broken bones and fractures and a bruised eye.
A police detective told Masterson that what probably set the assailant off was that he and Moore were holding hands, D’Auria reported.
“New York State, all these other states are passing, you know, gay marriage – minimally, to be able to hold hands on your 10-year anniversary should not be an issue,” Masterson said.
Masterson told D’Auria he was shocked that such an attack happened.
“I can’t believe this happened in my city that I grew up in,” the attack victim told D’Auria. “The West Village is where I first came out and explored and felt accepted…the fact that it’s now a danger zone.”
A police detective told Masterson that what probably set the assailant off was that he and Moore were holding hands. Law enforcement officials are reporting that in one of the most historically gay neighborhoods in the world, it is unsafe to hold your partner’s hand. Let that sink in.