A gay couple was attacked at a Dallas BBQ restaurant in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City. Two men allegedly made anti-gay remarks and assaulted the couple on May 5. The attack was caught on video (below).
"These guys attacked us specifically because they knew we weren't their type of people," Jonathan Snipes, 32, said. One of his teeth was knocked loose, and the cartilage in his ear snapped. "It was disgusting. It was awful,” he said.
Snipe’s boyfriend, Ethan York-Adams, 25, was also attacked.
Snipes said he and his boyfriend went to Dallas BBQ for cheap margaritas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. He then received a text about a family death and, as he went to leave the restaurant, he accidentally knocked over a drink, he told DNAinfo.
"A table near us audibly started making pretty gross comments about the two of us like, 'White f****ts, spilling drinks,'" Snipes said. He confronted the men about their comments but didn’t expect it to escalate. Snipes weighs 140 pounds, and the table of patrons he confronted had two large men, one of whom is 6-foot-4, police said.
"I may be a mouthy broad, but I wasn't going to take it to that level," Snipes said.
A man knocked Snipes down and began kicking him. Snipes said the man shouted, “Take that, f****t.”
York-Adams went to help Snipes up. "But as he tried to get me away, that's when the other dude hits him with the chair," Snipes said.
"They hit us hard and then they wouldn't stop,” he added. "I was hobbling away and they came and attacked us again."
The attackers left the scene before police arrived. An NYPD spokesman said the incident was not being investigated as a hate crime.
Snipes refused medical attention because he’s recently unemployed. "I don't have insurance," he said. "The ride to the hospital was going to cost $1,000. I'd rather, in the comfort of my living room, be kept up than go to the hospital."
Snipes said the incident wasn’t the first time he’d been attacked for his sexual orientation, but it was the worst. "Growing up gay in Alabama, this is not my first time at that rodeo," he said.
Snipes's friends who uploaded the video hope someone will recognize and report the attackers.