Irish man gay-bashed in Queens, New York
“I’m glad they didn’t start fighting, because then it could have been portrayed as a drunken melee. Instead they called 911,” added MacNiallais.
“One of my partner’s brothers recorded what happened on his cell phone, and on the audio you can hear me saying ‘I have a right to dance with my partner, this isn’t fair and then no, no, no.’”
According to MacNiallais, the two employees were laughing as they assaulted him. One of them stomped on MacNiallais’ head with his foot, then picked up a chair and hit him, again on the head. Two of MacNiallais’ partner’s brothers stood up and persuaded other customers not to join in the assault.
Daniel Dromm, the incoming City Councilman for Jackson Heights told IrishCentral: “It’s another hate crime and it’s unfortunate. It seems that any time an anti-gay event occurs, like the vote against marriage equality in Albany last week, people seem to get the message that it’s OK to beat up on gay people. It sends a message that our rights aren’t protected and you don’t have to respect people in the gay community.
“That being said, Jackson Heights is a pretty tolerant community. I know that Tarlach was with his Mexican partner and his family members and this isn’t a gay community versus the Mexican community. We want to preserve that ability to co-exist and make people understand that this is not one group against the other. This is just two thugs who decided to do this.
"We are going to have a response to bring some awareness to this issue because oftentimes when things like this happen the perpetrators who do this try to send a message to the community. That’s why it’s important that the community send back a message that this will not be tolerated.”
MacNiallais is leery of the sensational press coverage of the story to date and particularly objects to his description as a gay activist.
“I did not just jump up and dance with a total stranger, or with the first man who walked into the bar. I want to stress that. I was dancing with my partner of seven years. He and his family have been part of my life for years.”
The police did not arrest MacNiallais for disorderly conduct, nor has there been any suggestion that his behavior was calculated to cause offense. Instead, the investigation is focusing on the assault as a hate crime. MacNiallais sustained severe bruises to his head, his arms, his underarms, his chest and thighs.
“I have just been in bits since this happened. I’m trying to deal with this and get my head around (it). I am godfather to the two sons of my partner’s oldest brother. We’re compadresmos. It’s the closest relationship you can have next to your own brother. We’re family; I’ve been to Mexico twice this year to stay with his parents, brothers and sisters.”
A police investigation into the attack is ongoing.
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