Is Gentrification Reason Behind Attack of Two Interpreters in Gay Bashing
Washington DC - 12:30 AM officers responded to the 2000 block of 10th St., N.W. on April 15, 2018. This was in response to an aggravated assault. There are two adult males that were attacked by three suspects. "during the assault, the suspects yelled homophobic slurs" the police statement says. U St NW is predominantly black neighborhood where Howard University is based in and this neighborhood has always been a predominately black neighborhood.
Washington D.C. has been going through gentrification and because the area (DuPont Circle and Logan Circle) where the gay community has always been located has gone through gentrification, their bars have been pushed to the U street area. Since U St. NW is being gentrified as well, many black people are angry about being pushed out of their neighborhood so it does not shock Ricky Taylor that gay bashings happened because they felt threatened by gentrification. DuPont Circle used to have rougly 15 gay bars but currently only have four while U St. NW had none and now have about four or five. This occured when DuPont gentrification increased cost of lease and rentals in the area which caused those bars to shut down or relocate.
According to the Washington City Paper, Most LGBTQ spaces have vanished from DuPont Circle including a variety of locations such as Mr. P's, the Fraternity House, Phase 1's Northwest outpost, et. al. This used to be called the D.C. queer quarter and it has diminished. They entitled the article perfectly to reflect that most LGBTQ locations have become so widespread there is no longer a "centric" location for the gay community.
The interpreters have been identified as Zack Link and Michael Creason. It has been reported that one victim suffered a broken nose and broken teeth while the other suffered a concussion and was knocked unconscious during the attack.
Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call 202-727-9099, or to text a tip to 50411.