From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Benefit For Barie

A gentleman named Michael writes:

Hi Miss Heather –

I was hoping you could spread the word about a hate crime that happened a few weeks ago in Williamsburg.  on the corner of N. 4th St. and Wythe.  A friend of mine who lives in the area, Barie Shortell, was attacked and on the way home one evening.  He was not robbed, but the people attacking him did mock him with anti-gay taunts before they attacked him…breaking his nose, jaw and eye socket.  The attack has been deemed a hate crime.

Barie is doing much better but is not insured and will certainly still have a way to go in recovery…more surgeries are guaranteed.

Any attention we can draw to this would be amazing.  Barie could really use the support and people should know that this kind of shit is happening right here right now?

Duly posted. For what it is worth I heard about this disgusting act at last week’s Community Board meeting. It was described as being “pretty bad”. This is an understatement (he was in surgery for over nine hours to have his face reconstructed). Please be a good neighbor and help spread the word about what happened to Mr. Shortell. Those who are able, please tender a donation to help defray medical bills and/or attend the previously mentioned fundraiser at Blackout:

Gay Bash: A Benefit For Barie Shortell
Wednesday, March 23 2011 starting at 7:00 p.m.
Blackout Bar
916 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Cost of admission: $35.00 (includes three hour open bar)

Let’s show ‘em that we north Brooklynites take care of our own!

Miss Heather

Comments

10 Comments on From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Benefit For Barie

  1. SpillConspirator on Tue, 15th Mar 2011 7:35 pm
  2. That poor guy. Can’t believe this crap is still happening in 2011. Geez.

  3. missheather on Tue, 15th Mar 2011 8:39 pm
  4. What I keep coming back to is how no details have seemingly come out about this until I was contacted by a friend of Barie today. This happened on February 22nd. That is almost three weeks ago. Not only should we, citizens, be informed of this STAT because it is absolutely atrocious but it is also a matter of public safety. People should know someone was violently assaulted so they can take precautions/exercise more vigilance whilest knocking around Williamsburg. Someone clearly dropped the ball somewhere. I suspect I speak for everyone when I write that I do not want this to happen again.

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  7. d on Thu, 17th Mar 2011 8:40 am
  8. The first I’ve heard of this is here, your blog. This is awful. I will be donating ASAP.

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