May 6, 2015
(ANTIMEDIA) As I was scrolling through my Facebook feed earlier today, I paused when an article shared by a high school friend rolled by in a sea of annoying memes and political opinions. The headline read, “VIDEO: Gay Couple Bashed With Chair at Chelsea Dallas BBQ”. I was immediately taken aback by the thumbnail picture for the story.
“Is that really who I think that is,” I asked myself. “Sure enough, That’s no random gay couple. That’s Jonathan Snipes!”
Jonathan and I went to high school together in Alabama. We have since both gone our separate directions to pursue whatever it is people can’t seem to find in their hometowns. We will often ‘like’ or comment on one another’s social media posts but haven’t seen each other in years. I’m pretty sure I still owe him a t-shirt we won while on a school trip in the 9th grade, but that’s beside the point.
As I watched the video in the article, I was heartbroken to witness a high school friend be violently struck with a chair. And to make it worse, he and his boyfriend, Ethan York-Adams, were attacked simply because they were gay. This bigoted assault didn’t take place in Alabama either. It happened in Chelsea, an upscale neighborhood New York City.
“These guys attacked us specifically because they knew we weren’t their type of people,” said Jonathan in regards to the vicious encounter. The incident began when Jonathan, who was out enjoying a margarita with Ethan for Cinco de Mayo, received an unexpected text about a death in the family. As he rushed out of the restaurant to address the situation, a drink at a neighboring table was accidentally knocked over by Jonathan in his panic. “A table near us audibly started making pretty gross comments about the two of us like, ‘White faggots, spilling drinks,'” Jonathan said. “I don’t let anyone talk to me like that. I went over there and asked, ‘What did you say about us?'” he added.
The still unknown aggressor then rose from his table and intensified the situation.
“He turned it into a physical altercation very quickly,” according to Jonathan.
Jonathan, my high school friend, was then thrown to the floor and beaten and kicked repeatedly in the head and spine as observers screamed STOP, STOP, STOP!!!
“Take that, faggot,” the assailant exclaimed.
As Ethan tried to get his boyfriend out of harm’s way, the altercation took a sharply more violent turn.
“Ethan gets me up. But as he tried to get me away, that’s when the other dude hits him with the chair,” Jonathan said.
Both men were sent to the ground by the brutal blow of the chair.
“They hit us hard and then they wouldn’t stop. I was hobbling away, and they came and attacked us again,” Jonathan added.
“We were just trying to get away from it,” he added.
Luckily for my friend, the damage could have been much worse. He was left with a bruised head, loose tooth, and the cartilage in his ear snapped.
Unfortunately, the attackers fled the scene before police could apprehend them, which is why we are asking people to share this article in case someone recognizes one of the attackers.
“We want this to go viral. We need to find him. My friend could have been killed,” said longtime friend Sarah Meyers.
When will the hate stop?
You can watch footage of the incident below. Warning: the content may be disturbing to some.
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