Man arrested for NYC homophobic attack
A homophobe who got more than he bargained for when attacking a gay couple has been arrested.
Thomas Clabough, 57, was arrested early Wednesday (August 12) at his home in the Queens area of New York City. He was charged with assault and attempted assault as a hate crime.
Larry and Daniel Lennox-Choate – who were one of the first couples to marry in Manhattan – recently told how Clabough, “screamed anti-gay obscenities” before punching Daniel in the face repeatedly.
“It’s hard to believe that in 2015 we would have to deal with anti-gay hate crimes in Soho of all places but that’s what happened today,” Larry wrote on Facebook.
However, according to Larry, Clabough picked on the wrong couple, and got more than he bargained for after the pair retaliated.
“The guy who screamed anti-gay obscenities at us in a bodega before sucker-punching Danny?
“He left covered in his own blood with his tail between his legs after I handled the situation and tossed him in the street like the coward loser he is.”
Larry said that he and Daniel – who were married in 2013 – escaped from the scuffle relatively unscathed.
“Aside from one fat lip and a sore punching arm, we are fine,” the couple notes.
“We refuse to be victims and are thankful we can defend ourselves, but are saddened by the fact that idiots like this guy might not pick two guys who went through Plebe Boxing next time.”
According the NYPD, homophobic attacks in the city have fallen by 20% this year. There have been 43 incidents this year, compared to 54 for the same period last year.