WESTCHESTER SQUARE - The pastor of an interfaith church in Westchester Square today denounced an anti-gay hate crime allegedly committed by gang members.

The Rev. James Dusenbury, the founder of Life Ministries, told congregants that being gay doesn't mean being different and he hopes his message reaches Bronx residents of all genders, races and sexualities.

Authorities say nine men - eight of whom have been arrested - allegedly targeted three victims in University Heights last week after learning that two of the men, one of them a 17-year-old trying to join the gang, had sex with each other.