NEW YORK - (AP) -- A gay journalist who underwent brain surgery after being beaten on a New York City street has been talking to loved ones but remembers little about the attack.

Randy Gener (JEHN'-ur) was walking home on Jan. 17 when he was viciously punched in the face on West 54th Street in Manhattan.

Police are investigating the beating as a possible bias attack. Gener's wallet, phone and gold necklace were not taken.

Police on Monday released a sketch of the suspect.

Relatives tell The New York Times ( ) that Gener will need more surgery and could face months of rehabilitation.

On Monday, he was discussing his writing on theater and gay rights topics. He's done freelance work for The New York Times and the Miami Herald.