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13 comments | Friday, August 07, 2009

This is beyond disturbing. Dwan Prince, a 31 year old gay HIV-positive man who was brutally attacked in 2005 in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn after flirting with his attacker Steven Pomie, 26, four years later has a change of heart and now blames himself for the assault that left him partially paralyzed and hopes Pomie's 25 year sentence gets reduced in the process.

Gay City News reports:

"First please allow me to deeply apology for my hated comment,” Prince wrote in the July 20 letter, which Gay City News is quoting verbatim. “Please I do hope you know I am truly deeply sorry for what ever was sayed that night. I have made some big mistakes in my life and that was the stupidiest and biggest one of all.”

Pomie first beat and kicked Prince with two other men, and then made a second assault with another man, witnesses said during Pomie’s 2006 trial. When Pomie returned alone to deliver a third beating, witnesses prevented him from attacking Prince, who was lying unconscious on the sidewalk.

One witness testified that as Pomie walked away from the scene, he quickly turned back and “kicked [Prince] with his Tims,” referring to the Timberland brand of boots. “Then blood started gushing,” the witness said.

A second witness testified that Pomie said, “Yo, leave it alone son, the nigger’s gay,” when asked why he had beaten Prince. The prosecutor in the case asked if Pomie had used the word “gay,” and the witness responded, “He said, ‘He’s a faggot.’”

According to Gay City News Prince is unable to remember much of what occurred on the night he was attacked. In the letter Prince writes, "“What I asked the state to do is sentence you to five years and five years parole.” He also expressed the hope that they could be friends.

“Steve you changed me!” Prince wrote. “So hopefully when you get out we can hang out. You know me. I know you. I help you calm that angry machine down. And allow you to know I am not gay but a lover, and you can find me a female I can love and can love me.”

Prince has been attending a Bible study class at the Riverside Church, a liberal congregation, but he said he has not discussed his changed sexual orientation there.

“I am looking to change my life these days,” says Prince. “I am looking for a female who I can marry and have my sperm washed and have children... With me going to church, I feel myself that I must try to live by the Bible, I must try to live by God’s law.”

I'm speechless.


<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

its stories like this that makes my heart sink and i know the angels in heaven are shaking their heads in disbelief

August 07, 2009 5:32 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

While I think his letter to his attacker is the ULTIMATE fool and a bit weird, I sort of sympathize with him. He doesn't know how to deal with what happened to him, and he has been fooled into believing the good Lord and church will wash him clean of whatever sin he believes he committed.

Where are his good gay girlfriends? They need to schedule an intervention for him with a psychiatrist. I wouldn't let a friend of mine go through this mess. This is ridiculous.

August 07, 2009 5:46 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

This is unbelievable...you cant make up this kind of stuff.
Im disgusted, not at anyone particularly, by this situation.

August 07, 2009 6:05 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

..soooo...was there brain damage as well? just askin..

August 07, 2009 7:01 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Even I don't get this one. To want to change one's life and live in accordance with God's will is awesome. But to feel that this man shouldn't be punished for what he did is lunacy. If he said something that night that he felt was disrespectful then by all means apologize for that but NOTHING he could have said would deserve him being beaten. His attacker needs to learn the lesson that you can't hit because you don't approve of someone else's life or the way they live it. I will definitely being praying for this brother.

August 07, 2009 7:28 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Chaz raised an excellent point. Has he had any type of counseling? I think I remember an article on him that talked about him having problems getting his meds and housing situation in order, but I don't know what other kind of help he's had.

It could very well be that these "loving Christians" were the first to step to him with some services and counseling, and that is why he's had this change of heart.

August 07, 2009 8:23 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

As I read the article my mouth gapped wider and wider in disbelief! Brainwashing is making a comeback...this takes turn the other cheek to another level.

August 07, 2009 9:03 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

ok i don't know where to begin.I'm sadned and outraged at the same time. I mean this is a big ass man and right now he's sounding like a 10 year old who doesn't know any better.
And he wants a female to love? honey i think u need to see and shrink.

August 07, 2009 9:12 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

baby if you are reading this then i want to say that you are just suffering from trauma. When I was raped 5 years ago, Those people down at Paula Whites Church in Tampa was trying to persuade me that it was a sign to get my life together and serve God right and a minister. You are wonderfully and fearfully made in God's very own image. i pray that God shows you a side of him that will allow you to be you true authentic self and be set free from the lies you are being fed at that church. We are here for you when you decide to live free within Gods plan for your life. XOXOXOXO!

August 07, 2009 11:10 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

All I can say is WOW because I am dumbfounded by this. I mean WOW.

August 09, 2009 12:36 PM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

- - speechless - -

August 10, 2009 10:25 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Man, this story really breaks my heart. This guy needs mental counseling and spiritual counseling as to what the bible really say and don't say about homosexuality. This is one of the reasons of why I blog.

Thanks Darian for sharing this story. Just to let you know that I am ALL about your plight from a religious perspective of which many of the SGL community's homophobia problems stems from...

August 10, 2009 10:32 AM

<$BlogCommentAuthor$> said...

Prince needs a friend. A good one. Now, forgiveness is a real thing and it lives within all of us, but I'm not so sure here. He was victimized and bought into all kinds of trivial reasons why he was victimized. He tithed in on the whole bit. This is sad to me. I don't want to beat up on the church, as I don't go and do not have any real day-to-day impact from their program, but I will say that this young man is being victimized twice. I can only imagine what Pomie thinks about being his friend. Prince must be searching for a way to deal with his trauma. That's gotta be it. I mean really.

August 10, 2009 5:12 PM


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