New York City police have released a 17-second surveillance video of two men beating Damian Furtch.

The 26-year-old Furtch was attacked in the West Village on Sunday outside a McDonald's restaurant.

Furtch, an aspiring actor and model, had just ended his shift at the nearby Pink Tea Cup Restaurant, when he was attacked around 4:30AM. He's told police that the men yelled anti-gay slurs as they punched him. Police say the attack is being investigated as a hate crime.

“My friend and I were at the local McDonalds ordering food when I noticed two men staring at us,” Furtch told GLAAD. “My friend and I ordered our food and waited for our order to be filled. I stepped outside to make a phone call in an effort to avoid the tension in the restaurant and remove myself from the situation. The two gentlemen stepped out after me and asked if I had a problem. I told one of them that I had stepped out just to use the phone and had no problem with him or his three friends. Then, all of a sudden the second gentleman hit me on the right side of my face causing me to stumble. Then I felt three punches to the face.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

Furtch an his co-worker walked to Roosevelt Hospital where he was treated and released.

“The attack against me is part of the larger issue of violence against gay and transgender people in New York City,” he added. “This has to stop. Under no circumstances should a person be attacked for their sexual orientation.”

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who is openly lesbian, said the attack was especially upsetting since it happened “in a neighborhood where the LGBT civil rights movement was really born.”

“Some people still think that hate crimes are kind of a joke in New York City, that it's just some type of adult bullying that doesn't have any consequences and we want people to know that that is simply not true,” Quinn told 1010 WINS. “We are not going to allow you to attack people because of who they are or who they think you are.”