Philly Promoter Beaten As Wave of NYC Gay-Bashing Continues

Philadelphia Weekly’s Tara Murtha reports:

Dan Contarino, former promoter of the popular “Shaft” party at Shampoo nightclub, was assaulted in New York City last night, marking the sixth reported incident of apparently anti-gay violence in Manhattan this month.

Contarino posted a public update on Facebook this morning, including a photo of his brutally godawful black eye and swollen face: “THANKS FOR CALLS…. GAY BASHED LAST NITE…. back from small surgery…. CHEST XRAYS THIS AM…. suspect still at large… police n media waiting to interview me… U JUST WANNA CRY N MOVE ON….”

Nightlife Gay adds:

Dan Contarino, former promoter of Shampoo Nightclub’s “Shaft” Fridays, was jumped last night at Avenue D & 4th Street.   Allegedly, witnesses are reporting the assailant was yelling “f*ggot” as he was kicking and beating Dan.  Neighbors rushed to Dan’s aid and chased after the attacker but unfortunately he got away. The police are investigating the assault now and have not determine it a hate crime.

The attack took place the same night as a march to protest the wave of recent anti-gay violence in New York.