Gay NYC Journalist Requires Brain Surgery After Alleged Hate Crime
New York City Police are currently investigating an attack against a gay journalist, who was viciously beaten a few blocks away from Times Square early on the morning of Jan. 17, DNAInfo New York reports.
Randy Gener, 46, was found with injuries to his head and in a pool of his own blood around 4 a.m. , on Seventh Avenue and near 54th Street. According to New York’s ABC 7, Gener is listed in a serious but stable condition at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York. He is currently recovering from brain surgery as a result of the alleged attack.
DNAInfo reports that Gener, a journalist who has written about theatre and culture for National Public Radio, The Village Voice and The New York Times, left the opening night party for the Broadway play "Machinal" when the attack happened, according to his friends.
According to NYPD, who are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime, Gener had been punched in the face. His sister, Jessica Driessler, said he suffered a skull fracture. She told ABC that there aren’t many details about the incident because Gener "can’t answer the questions of what happened that night."
"He doesn’t really exactly know who we are or where he’s at sometimes, and it’s really painful to see him here the way that he is because he’s the most articulate person," she said.
Gener’s friend and colleague Kyoung Park, 31, said the attackers did not steal anything off of his person. He added that Genre is now awake and able to speak but is not able to recall much about the incident.