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Gay-bashed drag star preaches forgiveness

Author: Jonty Skrufff
Friday, September 15, 2006

New York club icon Kevin Aviance, who was recently brutally beaten by gay bashers in the East Village, said this week that the experience has left him traumatised though also unusually motivated.

“Every day it is a bit of a struggle because you might be physically OK, but there is a lot of mental stuff that comes with it - panic attacks, sweaty palms and anxiety,” the Junior Vasquez collaborator told the Hartford Courant newspaper.

“It (being attacked) has totally changed me. It's absolutely empowered me like nothing in my life. I never had a reason before. I really believe that love is the only thing that is going to battle this whole thing. I beg you, if you have a problem with somebody, talk it out. No need for anyone to put hands on anybody.”

His views failed to impress transgender Jackie promoter/DJ Caitlin, 28, (aka avant-garde performer Miss Cunty) at least concerning London, where she’s been viciously assaulted on numerous occasions as well as ostracized by both gays and straights.

“I’m not sure I agree with Kevin’s simplistic approach, for me the issue is about lack of community,” said Caitlin.

“In places like New York and Madrid there is a great transgender sense of community, but here in London we are shunned by gay men and have to be very selective about the straight venues we attend. The trans community is one based on fear of being outed and monotonous sex behind closed doors with curious hetero men,” she explained.