Hateful Attack: Teens Assault Gay Couple in NYC, Authorities Say

Queens, New York – A violent attack on a gay couple by a group of teenagers in Queens has left the victims shaken. The male victims, both 36 years old, were walking together on Broadway near 33rd Street in Astoria when they were accosted by a mob of young individuals who hurled anti-gay slurs at them. The attackers proceeded to throw unspecified objects at the couple before physically assaulting them.

One of the victims was punched in the face by a member of the group, resulting in swelling and bruising. The NYPD has released surveillance footage of three of the alleged attackers, all believed to be in their late teens, who have not yet been apprehended.

Authorities are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the assailants. Anyone with information is urged to contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Tips can also be submitted online on the Crime Stoppers website.

The incident serves as a reminder of the prevalence of hate crimes and the importance of standing up against discrimination. The attack highlights the vulnerability of LGBTQ individuals to violence and the need for greater awareness and support for the community.

As investigations continue, the victims are receiving medical attention, and efforts are being made to ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice. The community stands in solidarity with the victims, condemning the attack and calling for swift action to address such acts of hate and violence.

In a city known for its diversity and inclusivity, such incidents serve as a stark reminder of the work that still needs to be done to create a safe and accepting environment for all individuals, regardless of sexual orientation or identity. The attack has sparked outrage and calls for unity in the fight against discrimination and violence targeting the LGBTQ community.