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“Four Stitches, Thanks Bitches!”: Even in New York’s West Village, Gays are Not Safe from Attack

(Photo: Facebook)

“I thought I was safe in the city I loved,” 26-year-old Damian Furtch wrote on his Facebook wall after being brutally beaten outside a McDonald’s in New York’s West Village last Sunday. “But apparently wearing fluorescent colored clothing and pink shoelaces really bother some fucking assholes to blind side me and hit me.” Furtch, a 6’4″ athletic aspiring actor and model from California, was left with two black eyes and multiple stitches after the beating, which according to the New York Daily News, police are investigating as a hate crime.

According to the Daily News, Furtch and a friend had just left their jobs at the Pink Tea Cup restaurant and had entered the McDonald’s when two men began harassing them. The anti-gay slurs continued outside on Sixth Avenue, then the assailants began beating Furtch. His friend was unharmed, but Furtch ended up in the hospital all day.

Damian seems to be treating his ordeal with a healthy dose of humor. In his current Facebook profile photo, he stands shirtless, battered yet triumphant, surrounded by loving friends.  He captioned another Facebook photo of his bruised face with these words: “Four Stitches, Thanks Bitches!”

Police have not yet apprehended any suspects in connection with the beating.

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