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DC Couple Attacked, Called 'Monkeypox F*****s'

Sunday August 14, 2022
Originally published on August 9, 2022

The D.C. street location where two men were attacked on Sunday, August 7, 2022
The D.C. street location where two men were attacked on Sunday, August 7, 2022  (Source:Google)

A gay couple walking in NW Washington D.C. Shaw neighborhood were called "monkeypox f*****s" before being attacked by teenagers on Sunday afternoon. The attack, Metro Weekly reports, left them in a hospital emergency room for six hours.

Robert, 25, and Antonio, 23, were heading to a bus after a Sunday afternoon outing at Banneker Pool and the gay bar Kiki. Robert wore a colorful Hawaiian shirt and Antonio a white crop top with a rainbow Polaroid logo. 

Outside of a market they were approached by five male and two female teenagers who "began calling the two men 'monkeypox f*****s' and making homophobic comments about them," wrote Metro Weekly.

As they turned to address the situation, one teen came up from behind. Robert turned and was soccer punched in the forehead and fell to the ground. When the teens assaulted Antonio, Robert tried to help him only to be punched again, breaking his glasses.

A woman called the police and the male teens dispersed; the two females stopped to apologize to the couple, saying they thought the attack was wrong.

"I was kind of pissed and said something along the lines of 'This is who you hang out with? That's fucked up,' " Robert told Metro Weekly. "But one of them said their dad was gay and it was messed up that they attacked us. But I was still pretty pissed at the whole incident, so I let them pass."

The couple were escorted by the police to Howard University Hospital, "where they stayed for six hours while they were checked for concussions and Antonio received three stitches on his upper lip," added Metro Weekly.

"I feel like the officers on the scene were nice, or at least pretty kind to us," said Robert. "It was nice that they showed some shock and concern for our health. It was really nice that they took us to the E.R. so we didn't have to pay for an ambulance."

"I mainly feel shock that this could happen in D.C. in broad daylight, only three or four blocks from U Street, walking from a gay bar to public transit," said Robert, who moved to the District in 2019.

"I'm sure more emotions will set in later," he added. "Nothing like this had happened to me before, so I have no idea what it's going to look like going forward, but it definitely will be a different feeling walking down the street for sure."