Gay Couple on Subway Was Pummeled by Five Women, One Man

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Commuters wait on a platform as a train arrives at a subway station in New York, November 21, 2008. The New York Metropolitan Transportation Authorithy (MTA) said that to plug a 1.2 billion USD budget gap next year, it must increase fare and toll revenues by 23 percent, which would raise an additional 670 USD million if the increase goes into effect in early June.
Any given subway. Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty

Earlier this week, we brought you the story of a gay man who stood up to a bigot on the subway and a train of strangers who applauded him. On the complete opposite end of the inspirational spectrum is this report from the Daily News, in which a gay couple was first harassed, then attacked, on the subway by a group of five women and one man:

Urena Morel Frankelly and his partner were on a southbound 2 train Monday night when a woman took a picture of them eating and her friend called them names.

“Why you taking a picture?” the victim asked.

“Feed you face, f-----" the suspect shouted back. Another woman with her chimed in, apparently asking the partner: “Why you with that f-----?”

An argument erupted, and the two women, joined by three others plus a man, attacked Frankelly, police said.

The Daily News plays up the angle that bystanders did nothing to help, although we could understand why someone might not want to get involved against a gang of six psychopaths. Still, the incident is a reminder that while we live in a city where an entire subway car cheers a gay man's appeal for tolerance and love, we also still live in a city where, on any given day, two gay people can get their asses kicked just for being different.