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A slew of recent anti-gay crimes can't dampen Rochester's upcoming gay pride week.

Hitting all too close to home for many gays in the area: two gay women were thrown to the ground, kicked in the head and bitten after leaving a Park Avenue bar on June 17th. That neighorhood is perhaps, the most gay friendly in the upstate New York city. Police have charged 36 year old Yalida Ortiz with third-degree assault. A second arrest is forthcoming, according to the Rochester police. The victims were treated and released.

Just a few blocks from Park Avenue, the Rochester's First Unitarian Church hung a banner from its rooftop supporting marriage equality coincidentally on June 17th; the very same day as the beating. And up barely a month, the banner has been vandalized, cut in half. The July 2nd vandalization is being handled as a hate crime.

This spat of hate comes just as downtown Rochester prepares for its busiest weekends of the summer.

And for the gay community in Rochester: show your pride now more than ever. Be sure to attend the Pride Parade and Cultural Festival on Saturday, July 8th and the annual Pride Picnic on Sunday, July 9th.

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