Interracial Couple and Gay Friend Attacked Outside Queens Bar in Possible Bias Crime

NBC New York
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August 19, 2013

An interracial married couple says they were attacked outside a bar in Queens early Saturday, and that their attackers used racial and homophobic slurs.

Billie and Jacob James-Vogel say they and a gay friend had been celebrating Billie James-Vogel's 40th birthday in Long Island City and were attacked when they left the bar. 

They say three men began hurling homophobic and racist slurs at their group before physically assaulting them.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said the argument began when one of the men kissed Billie James-Vogel, and words were exchanged between the husband and that man.