Freelance journalist Randy Gener, the victim of an apparent gay bashing in midtown Manhattan before 4 a.m. on Jan. 18, is still in ICU recovering from brain surgery, according to a Facebook update on Tuesday.
Friends are raising money to help pay for Gener's medical expenses. So far, more than $46,000 has been raised on YouCaring.com.
He was reportedly assaulted on January 18th, shortly before 4am after leaving a party in midtown, and was found in the vicinity of 7th Avenue near 54th/55th Street. He is said to have suffered severe head trauma, from which he is currently recovering in the Neuro ICU.
Just a few weeks ago, Gener of New York City wrote a story for the Miami Herald, Gay-rights community fights to advance cause in Latin America and Caribbean.
With great irony, Gener's Jan. 2 article details anti-gay violence throughout Latin American and the Caribbean:
BY RANDY GENER
SPECIAL TO THE MIAMI HERALD
UNITED NATIONS -- Two years ago, a gay couple and their friend vacationing in St. Lucia were tied up, beaten, threatened with knives and guns, and told that they would be killed if they tried to escape. The men later freed themselves, climbed out a window and hiked down the mountain to a friend’s house.
That incident was the worst case of anti-gay violence on record on the small Caribbean island, according to Kenita Placide, co-executive director of St. Lucia‘s United and Strong, which works on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
Placide said she has received several threats “just because I am an advocate for LGBT rights.” Two men held her up on the steps of a local department store and threatened to kill her if she did not stop advocating for gay rights on television, she said.