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Suspect in Brooklyn Gay Man’s 2005 Murder Arrested

Suspect in Brooklyn Gay Man’s 2005 Murder Arrested

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | For 12 long years, the family and friends of Rashawn Brazell have been searching for answers after this beloved young man was killed and discarded in such a horrific fashion,” Eric Gonzalez, the acting Brooklyn district attorney, said in a February 22 statement, “Today, I am pleased to say that we […]

West Village Anti-Gay Attack on Halloween Weekend

West Village Anti-Gay Attack on Halloween Weekend

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Police are seeking seven individuals in connection with an anti-gay attack at the Jane Hotel in the West Village in the early morning hours on Sunday. According to an NYPD release, a 36-year-old man was inside an elevator at the hotel, located at 113 Jane Street, along with numerous other individuals, […]

Trans Man’s Complaint of NYPD Hostility Rejected

Trans Man’s Complaint of NYPD Hostility Rejected

BY ARTHUR S. LEONARD | In a decision notable for its lack of empathy for transgender people and the slights and humiliations they suffer on a regular basis, US District Judge Gregory H. Woods granted New York City’s motion to dismiss a complaint from a man of transgender experience that his 14th Amendment rights were violated […]

Broadway Dancer, Charged in Boyfriend’s Murder, Asked Forgiveness on Facebook

Broadway Dancer, Charged in Boyfriend’s Murder, Asked Forgiveness on Facebook

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | A man charged in the August 19 strangulation murder of his boyfriend in the Bronx took to Facebook in the immediate aftermath of the violence with a series of posts that amounted to a cryptic confession of sorts. “Forgive me father,” Marcus Bellamy, a 32-year-old Broadway dancer, wrote at 3:57 p.m. that […]

Guilty Verdict on Four of Five Dallas BBQ Assault Charges

Guilty Verdict on Four of Five Dallas BBQ Assault Charges

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | After deliberating for roughly two days, a Manhattan jury convicted Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin on four of five felony charges resulting from a 2015 fight he had with two gay men in a Chelsea restaurant. “There was no justification for this brutal attack,” Cyrus Vance, the Manhattan district attorney, said in a May 25 […]

Judge May Limit Dallas BBQ Defendant’s Ability to Argue Self-Defense

Judge May Limit Dallas BBQ Defendant’s Ability to Argue Self-Defense

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin may be allowed to claim self-defense for only a portion of his actions during a 2015 fight with two gay men for which he is on trial on felony assault charges. “Her position is there could be no defense to being hit over the head with a chair from behind,” […]

Dallas BBQ Accuser Says He Didn’t Know Who Called Him “Faggot”

Dallas BBQ Accuser Says He Didn’t Know Who Called Him “Faggot”

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | Jonathan Snipes believed that he and his boyfriend had been the victims of an anti-gay hate crime in a Chelsea restaurant last year. He told dnainfo.com that he was attacked after confronting two men who called him a “faggot.” But when Snipes testified in the trial of Bayna-Lekheim El-Amin, his sole accused […]

Defendant in 2015 Dallas BBQ Assault Case Claims Self-Defense

Defendant in 2015 Dallas BBQ Assault Case Claims Self-Defense

BY DUNCAN OSBORNE | The trial of a man accused of assault on two gay men in a Chelsea restaurant last year opened with the defense arguing that the man acted in self-defense after he was set upon by one of the two, who had been drinking excessively. “We all agree here that everyone has a […]

NYPD Releases Suspect Photos, Video in Stonewall Rape

NYPD Releases Suspect Photos, Video in Stonewall Rape

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Police have released photos and surveillance video of the suspect wanted in the March 26 rape of a 25-year-old transgender woman at the Stonewall Inn on Christopher Street. The NYPD described the suspect as an Hispanic man 35 to 45 years old, standing 5’9’’ to 5’11” and weighing about 250 pounds, […]

City Council Gives $20 Million to Private Schools, Most Anti-Gay    

City Council Gives $20 Million to Private Schools, Most Anti-Gay    

BY ANDY HUMM | City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and her colleagues pushed through an “unprecedented” bill December 7 to have city government pick up yet another function of private and religious schools — security — allocating almost $20 million in taxpayer funds outside the normal budget process for “safety officers” in any school with more […]

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