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Gay Couple Holding Hands Attacked While Leaving Manhattan Movie Theater

[bold]A group of men yelled anti-gay slurs and beat them[/bold] Two gay men who were holding hands as they left a movie theater in Chelsea were attacked by a group of men who hurled anti-gay slurs, and one was hurt so badly he needed seven stitches on his face. Police say the two men had left the Chelsea Cinemas just after midnight early Wednesday when they were confronted by two men on West 24th Street. One said "what are you looking at, you f------." The attackers then started punching the victims while hurling anti-gay slurs. Police say four more men approached, who were believed to be friends of the suspects, and joined in the assault. The victims were both taken to the hospital; one needed stitches on his chin and the other was treated for a shoulder injury. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating. After a series of anti-gay attacks in the spring, including the fatal shooting of a man in Greenwich Village, thousands rallied to denounce the violence.

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