On Sept. 11, a gay couple was brutally attacked in Center City Philadelphia on their way to dinner by a group of two men and six women, all of whom were allegedly under the influence.
According to a witness, the party of eight asked the two men if they were a couple, and when they answered affirmatively the mob responded first by screaming taunts and slurs at them, followed by physical acts of violence, including punching and kicking. Though the victims have requested to remain anonymous, they have shared that the beating was vicious enough to land one of them in the hospital. He suffered multiple, severe bone fractures and underwent surgery.
The incident was immediately termed a hate crime. On Sept. 23, Philadelphia’s District Attorney Office announced that three of the eight attackers were discovered and charged with multiple types of assault.
“An assault on people because of their sexual orientation has no place in Philadelphia,” said District Attorney Seth Williams.
The rest of the group has yet to be found, but the fact that some of them were caught does show progress.