The New York Police Department has been stepping up their attempts to discourage anti-gay hate crimes, or at least to arrest the perpetrators. They have released a photo of the person whom they believe is responsible for an attack at a Speedy Café early Sunday morning.
The man is described as being White or Hispanic, in his 40s with black hair:
It is alleged that the man made homophobic comments towards a pair of patrons at the café, then kicked one in the shoulder before fleeing on foot along West 32nd Street.
The incident is being investigated by the Hate Crimes Task Force, and anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
The incident is the latest in a series of homophobic hate crimes to hit New York in recent months. Police stepped up their efforts to curb anti-gay hate crimes after the murder of a gay man earlier this year. The increased police presence has included mobile police headquarters.
At least one rapist targeting lesbians is known to be operating in New York City. There have been several arrests.
The spike in anti-gay hate crimes has become a political issue with mayoral candidates outlining their intentions for curbing the crime.