Man who protests against homophobia attacked in suspected hate crime in Manhattan

Anthony Dolci was attacked with one of his own protest signs


Words: Steve Brown

A man who protests against homophobia has been attacked in a suspected hate crime.

Anthony Dolci, an LGBTQ activist, was peacefully protesting on the streets of Manhattan over the weekend but during his protest, he was attacked by man who grabbed one of his signs and hit him with it.

He told local broadcaster Pix11: “He called me several bad language words towards my sexuality, being gay.

“He picked up one of my protest signs and he broke it almost in two, then threw it at me, and hit me with my protest sign.

“It makes me sad. This is very personal, this is who I am.

“I’m celebrating myself being gay, openly gay, and to be attacked by that, it’s very personal and it’s very hurtful.”

Luckily, Dolci was unharmed during the attack but said it wasn’t first time he had been attacked.

He continued: “I was in the closet for a long time and those days are done. I’m done with that.

“Now I’m openly gay and I’m not afraid of expressing myself and people should not feel threatened by my gayness.”