What in the world is going on? As you see, NYC, a “gay metropolis,” where by Red State standards, LGBTs are more visible, politically within the mainstream and have more legal rights locally than many, homophobia is alive and well in the most vile and beastly manner.
In this incident, it proves that in gang thug life, where being a “man” does not include being gay, three men were treated as subhumans; what’s tragic is that the suspects range from 16-23. So young, already culturally ingrained with such hate, violence, homophobia (and at its root, misogyny) that they engage in pack behavior worse than animals. WABC:
The first of the related attacks occurred at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday, when a 17-year-old was approached by members of a street crew calling themselves the “Latin King Goonies.” The teen was apparently an aspiring member of the group. Kelly says the crew forced the 17-year-old into an unoccupied ground-floor apartment on Osborne Place, where he was thrown into a wall, made to strip naked, hit in the head with a beer can, cut with a box cutter and sodomized with the wooden handle of a plunger.
According to police, his tormentors denounced the victim and questioned him about his contact with a 30-year-old man who the same suspects would later assault. Afterwards, his assailants escorted him out of the location and warned him not to call police. At about 5:30 a.m., the victim walked into a nearby hospital and was treated and released. There, he explained his injuries by claiming he had been jumped by unknown assailants on the street.
“These suspects employed terrible wolf-pack odds of nine-against-one, odds which revealed them as predators whose crimes were as cowardly as they were despicable,” Kelly said. Then, police say the 30-year-old man was lured there at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
He was allegedly forced to strip to his underwear and then tied to a chair opposite from the teenager. The teenager, at the direction of his assailants, hit the older male several times in the face and burned him with a cigarette.
The suspects also hit the man with their fists and a chain, police said, and sodomized him with a small baseball bat. They forced him to consume 10 cans of the malt beverage “Four Loko” that he had with him.