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NBC News: Arrest made in New York City beating of gay journalist Randy Gener

generNBC News in New York is reporting an arrest has been made in the beating of gay journalist Randy Gener:

Leighton Jennings of Jamaica was charged with second-degree assault after Randy Gener was punched in the face at 53rd Street and Seventh Avenue while walking home from the after-party for a play Jan. 17, police say.

Gener, 46, was found on the pavement in the early morning hours of Jan. 18. He is still in ICU recovering from brain surgery.

Friends are raising money to help pay for Gener's medical expenses. So far, more than $48,000 has been raised on YouCaring.com.

From Gener's YouCaring page:

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.

Click here for updates from NBC News.

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