SoHo, Manhattan (PIX11) – Hours after city officials denounced the killing of a gay man in Greenwich Village and mourners gathered to remember him, a gay couple and a gay man were targeted in separate attacks, according to the NYPD.
The couple, 41 and 42, were walking together near Prince and Broadway around 5:20 a.m. when their attackers began shouting gay slurs in Spanish. The slurs escalated to physical violence, with the men punching and beating the couple.
Police arrested Fabian Ortiz and Pedro Jiminez in the attack. Both men are reportedly charged with third degree assault as a hate crime.
Also overnight, another gay man in his 40s, Dan Contarino, was viciously attacked after another man yelled gay slurs at him.
The latest beatings come less than 24 hours after Speaker Christine Quinn and other politicians gathered to publicly denounce the killing of 32-year-old Mark Carson, who was fatally shot in Greenwich Village Saturday night.
That night, hundreds gathered outside of the city’s main LGBT community center on W13th Street to march in solidarity against the recent increase in hate crimes.
Five hate-based attacks have happened to members of the LGBT community in the past few weeks.
During a press conference Tuesday, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly addressed the recent spate of attacks, saying, “We had 29 reported this year; we had 14 during the same time last year.”
Mayor Bloomberg promised action, adding, “We have zero tolerance for intolerance.”