Well, this story pretty much has it all, except for some rightwing Islamophobic homophobes to blame.
A man convicted at trial of bashing a gay couple over the head with a chair at a Chelsea rib joint last year was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison.
Bayna-Lehkeim El-Amin, 42, who is also gay, griped that the victims were the aggressors and that his race played a part in the case.
“They walked up to me, pulled out a weapon and struck me,” he said, referring to the purse a drunken Jonathan Snipes used to slap him after he thought he heard a gay slur.
“This incident was started by . . . two drunk, white men that felt they were entitled to come and swing at me for no reason,” he said.
But Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arlene Goldberg didn’t agree.
“I know you want to cast this as an issue about race, I just do not see that there is any evidence of that,” she said. “When you picked up the chair, that was a criminal act, that cannot be excused.”
When Goldberg handed down the sentence in Manhattan Supreme Court, dozens of supporters from the LGBT community who had packed the courtroom heckled her.
“Shame on you, judge!” one man shouted as he popped up from his seat. “Racist!” another yelled.
El-Amin has been an LGBT advocate and mentor for 20 years.
Maybe El Amin can be a mentor to the gay Muslim population in prison.