GLAAD is standing with members of Atlanta’s LGBT community to demand that the beating of an openly gay African-American man be investigated thoroughly and properly and that the media shine more light on the real threat of violence LGBT people of color face simply trying to walk the streets of their communities. Yesterday, video surfaced showing an unidentified young man repeatedly being kicked and punched by a group of men who identify as members of the gang Pittsburgh Jack City. In addition to kicking and punching the unsuspecting young man, they repeatedly call him a “fa**ot” while holding up gang signs.
From the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs:
In 2010 the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found that 70% of the 27 reported hate murder victims in 2010 were LGBTQ and HIV-affected people of color in their report "Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities in the United States in 2010." This reflects the disproportionate impact on LGBTQ people of color for severe and deadly hate violence. "As the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs we know the devastating impact that homophobic and transphobic language can have in encouraging and normalizing a culture of violence against LGBTQ communities and anyone perceived to be LGBTQ. We'll be at tonight's meeting in Atlanta to support the leadership of LGBTQ communities of color in creating concrete and specific solutions to anti-LGBTQ violence that address the intersecting issues of race, sexual orientation, and gender identity." Ejeris Dixon, Deputy Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project. The New York City Anti-Violence Project coordinates the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs a coalition of 39 organizations working to reduce violence against and within LGBTQ communities.
GLAAD, as a media advocacy group, is committed to ensuring that the media fairly and accurately report this story. We are also reaching out to local activists to provide media support and to ensure that the local as well as national media attention. Earlier this week, GLAAD called on CNN political pundit Roland Martin to apologize for his anti-gay super bowl tweets in which he encouraged his nearly 100,000 followers to “smack the ish” out of any dude who was excited about the new David Beckham ad. This video is a disturbing reminder of what it actually looks like when someone who is perceived to be gay is targeted by violence, and it underlines the importance of taking this issue seriously. GLAAD will continue to monitor media coverage and emerging details around this upsetting video.
The Atlanta Black LGBT Coalition along with other local activists are meeting tonight at the Phillip Rush Center at 6pm to discuss the incident and how to respond and support the victim