By Sunnivie Brydum
Originally published on Advocate.com March 07 2014 1:45 PM ET
A New Jersey gay couple's 10th anniversary celebration was violently interrupted early Sunday morning when one partner was the victim of a vicious antigay attack, allegedly witnessed by as many as 50 people standing by in the subway station, according to The New Civil Rights Movement.
J.P. Masterson and Peter Moore were waiting for the subway train at the West Fourth Street station in Washington Square early Sunday morning when a man approached them and demanded to know their sexual orientation, reports The New York Times. When Masterson didn't respond, he says, the suspect shouted "I fucking hate faggots!" and began punching Masterson in the face.
Masterson, 39, suffered seven broken bones, including a broken nose and fractured orbital bone. He was treated at Lenox Hill Hospital and released, though CBS New York reports that some of his injuries will require surgery.
Police released a sketch of the suspect on Thursday, describing him as a white male in his late 20s, estimated to be 5 foot 8 inches, weighing 170 pounds, and possibly with a thick Polish accent. They are investigating the attack as a possible hate crime.
"I couldn't believe in this day and age that in the Village, which is where I came out and felt the most accepted, that now I have to be on edge," Masterson told CBS New York.
Despite the attack, he and Moore are resilient.
"You might beat me down, and I might look real grotesque right now, " said Masterson, defiant. "But I'm still standing."
Watch CBS New York's report on the assault below.