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Police seek attackers in latest anti-gay assault in New York’s West Village

Monday, March 28, 2011

Damian Furtch

New York City police are searching for two men responsible for a hate crime attack on a gay man in the city’s West Village over the weekend.

Via Steph Watts, Watts Up With This???:

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.

Furtch took several punches to the face before escaping his attackers. He fled to a nearby hospital.

“Well I thought I was safe in the city I loved, but apparently wearing florescent colored clothing and pink shoe laces really bother some fucking assholes to blind side me and hit me …. 4 stitches, thanks bitches,” Furtch posted on his Facebook page on Sunday, along with additional photos.

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27 more reader comments:

  1. WTF!!!

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 9:07am
  2. I hope they find the perps.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 9:12am
  3. this has to stop .

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 9:13am
  4. that is fuck-up

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 9:13am
  5. That is fucked up!

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 9:16am
  6. wtf is going on in NY,this is like every damn week now.got to stop this ,it is madness!!!!

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 9:17am
  7. this shit has got to end

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 9:17am
  8. 2 straight men in a predominately gay area? makes you question why they were really there.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 9:20am
  9. I hope they die. Seriously they deserve it

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 9:35am
  10. Its a shame that sum ppl were not raised to kno betta, how many of our rainbow family members has 2 b hurt & killed b4 the nation will take a stand..This is so sad truely *sigh*……….

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 9:39am
  11. Its a shame that sum ppl were not raised to kno betta, how many of our rainbow family members has 2 b hurt & killed b4 the nation will take a stand..This is so sad truely *sigh*……….

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 9:39am
  12. i am wondering my self why were they there in the first place

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 9:40am
  13. I hope they suffer the same mental pain the attacked does everyday he has to walk the streets in shame while the world hates him :’P

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 10:09am
  14. I hope they suffer the same mental pain the attacked does everyday he has to walk the streets in shame while the world hates him :’P

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 10:09am
  15. smh

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 10:10am
  16. keep a look out i am sure that the westburo baptist church will thank the men who did this those fucking people need to die already i wish death on nobody but think of all of the funerals they ruined and that time they thanked the two boys who killed that kid and tied him to a fence leaving him to die and they fucking thanked the boys who did that shit all 80 of those fucks need to be killed already before they do any real damage.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 10:25am
  17. That area is seems safe but never because all the loosers from projects !

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 10:55am
  18. There are many heterosexual people in that area. The problem are homophobic people, not heterosexuals.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 11:31am
  19. Something is wrong with the world when people think this ok. When r people gonna let others live their own lives

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:16pm
  20. Ugh. Some people have WAY to much testosterone in their systems.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:31pm
  21. Hello World
    ZERO Tolerance about HATE crimes !!!

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 12:44pm
  22. It is really sad that we live in a world where people are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than two men holding hands :/ This violence and hatred needs to stop

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 1:50pm
  23. What’s messed up is that it was in a predominately gay neighborhood. These two people knew that and were intentionally looking to do this. It befuddles me to think people are capable of such random cruelty without reason.

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 2:17pm
  24. What compels two men who have never met another man in their life to violently lay their fists into his soul? Repressed homosexual desires? A lack of awareness or respect for other ways of being? A deep unseated self hatred played out against those individuals whose countenance is too close to home? Negative stereo types in the community? A re inforced and vilified code of behavior that endorses such prejudices by the church, the community or other social leaders, or by even the media or our culture at large? Or how about a deep unseated despair and self aggrandizement of self that can not help but explode on others when in actuality the disdain is wholly directed at oneself?

    http://scallywagandvagabond.com/2011/03/damian-furtch-is-beaten-because-hes-gay-whats-up-with-that/

    Posted on Monday, March 28, 2011 at 5:54pm
  25. We will not be moved and I am all for getting involved in a peaceful protest to and on city hall, unless we speake up and stand up for our rights no one will give a shit, if you are down for this please let me know or let me know how I can get involved to make our voices heard. Enough is enough lets not continue to take this BS, the next person to be assulted may be you or someone you know/love.

    Posted on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 5:07am
  26. Follow normal and ordained natural laws of nature and this situaion will not happen. Which means men should marry women and women should marry men. the disgusting pracice of gay and lesbianism got Damien bashed. Cheers…..

    Posted on Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 6:40pm
  27. don’t wear gay clothing next time, maybe you won’t get your sissy ass beat.

    jeez– if you just dress normal and stop being all wierd you wouldn’t create all these problems 4 urself dummy

    Posted on Friday, April 15, 2011 at 12:39am