NYC group: Anti-gay violence likely on rise
The Associated Press
December 12, 2008
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An advocacy group that documents violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people said a rash of attacks across the country -- including the severe beating recently of a man in New York City -- suggests the number of reported assaults could rise in 2008.
The baseball beating Sunday of Ecuadorean immigrant Jose Sucuzhanay, which has left the 31-year-old brain dead, was the latest example signaling a possible increase in the number of reported assaults, said the New York City Anti-Violence Project.
Since the February fatal shooting of Lawrence King, the 15-year-old Los Angeles boy who had endured harassment after telling classmates he was gay, "we are witnessing what appears to be an increase in both the occurrence and severity of violence motivated by racism, homophobia, and transphobia," said Sharon Stapel, the project's executive director.