"I remember seeing them heading toward me as I walked alone on the street. I didn’t really have much of a choice." Poet, performance artist, activist and actor Emanuel Xavier speaks out for the first time since his brutal beating on a Brooklyn street, talking to Andres Duque in the Gay City News. On October 25, he was beaten by a group of 15 to 20 teenagers. Xavier sustained some facial bruises and nerve damage to his inner right ear.
“One of them hit me on the back of the head, which I think was meant to knock me to the ground. But I somehow managed to turn right only to have the others punch me around.”
The spoken word artist also addressed critics who suggested that he somehow invited the attack: “Those are ignorant comments. I didn’t exactly think it would be dangerous to visit my mom at 8 p.m. on a Tuesday night in a neighborhood where I grew up."
Xavier is the author of critically-acclaimed Pier Queen, and has appeared on Def Poetry Jam and in the movie Ski Trip. Let's pray for a speedy recovery.Victim Speaks Out (Gay City News) Disturbing News (Rod 2.0) Emanuel Xavier Brutally Beaten (Blabbeando) Tonight: The Ski Trip (Rod 2.0) Books Are Sexy (Frank León Roberts ) Update on Emanuel Xavier (Blabbeando)
A Philadelphia judge dismisses charges against a young gay man who fatally stabbed an attacker. On October 29, 21 year-old Lucas Dawson (seen here with his mother) was enroute to meet friends to discuss his audition for American Idol the day before. Dawson says that he was jumped by seven teens, stabbing one in the chest in self-defense. He was was charged with manslaughter after the teen died. Now freed, the young man says that he is moving. "Seven guys jumped me and one guy died. That's still six other people that want to hurt me." (via Bernie)