Police investigating NYC stabbing at the start of Pride month as a potential hate crime
Man stabbed on a Bronx subway in what police are investigating as a possible homophobic hate crime.
On the first day of Pride month (June 1), at around 1am, a man in NYC was stabbed while travelling on a northbound 2 train that was approaching the 3rd Avenue-149th Street station, the New York Post reported.
The male suspect is said to have slung homophobic slurs at the 31-year-old victim, before ‘plunging “a sharp object” into his right arm’ and fleeing southbound on Brook Avenue, according to reports.
EMS rushed the victim to Lincoln Medical Center where he was reported to be in stable condition.
The NYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force are now investigating the incident.
Last year, during NYC Pride 2021, a 29-year-old man was stabbed on a subway train packed with Pride revellers after having been taunted with anti-gay slurs.
In September, people took to the streets of New York to protest a rising rate of attacks on LGBTQ+ people in the city.
Hate crimes in New York City have increased 76% so far in 2022 compared to the same period last year, according to data from the New York Police Department Hate Crimes Task Force (HCTF).
The same report recorded 194 hate crimes between January 1 and April 10 of this year, in comparison to the 110 hate crimes from the same dates in 2021.
In April 2022 Julio Ramirez, a gay man who lived in NYC, was found dead in the back of a cab shortly after leaving a gay bar in Manhattan with three unidentified men.
Over a month later, his family are still left with unanswered questions and are trying to piece together details of his final hours which are still shrouded in mystery. Find out more here.
In late April Julio Ramirez got into a taxi and was found dead an hour later. As a Latino queer man I am sickened that we still don’t have answers to this!! We can’t let the bus be ignored #justiceforjulio #julioramirez pic.twitter.com/1ZZXjd0P0m
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