More than 1,500 New Yorkers gathered today in Manhattan to mourn the death of a 32 year-old gay man, who was shot down on Friday just blocks away from the historic Stonewall Inn in an apparent act of anti-gay bias.
Melissa Harris-Perry Highlights Wedding of LGBT Couple
Scout and Liz, an LGBT couple whose engagement at the White House's LGBT Pride reception went viral in an online video were married last week. Scout, a transgender man, proposed to his partner Liz Margolies in June before a cheering crowd. The couple's engagement video has received more than 75,000 views on YouTube and sparked comments of support, as well as some unfortunate anti-LGBT bias.
Several months later, the couple was married by an LGBT-affiirming rabbi in New York City. Scout and Liz wanted their wedding to serve as a message for LGBT youth who had been inspired by the story of their engagement, but were then discouraged by the uproar from anti-LGBT voices .
The two both work in LGBT advocacy, with Liz serving as the executive director of the National LGBT Cancer Network, and Scout the director of the Network for LGBT Health Equity at the Fenway Institute. In lieu of wedding gifts, Scout and Liz asked that donations be made to the Tyler Clementi Foundation and the Trans People of Color Coalition (TPOCC). Their marriage contract was signed by James Clement, brother of Tyler Clementi, and Melissa Harris-Perry, who featued a video of the wedding on her MSNBC show.
We offer our sincere congratulations and best wishes to Scout and Liz, and we applaud Melissa Harris-Perry for bringing this moving and personal story to her audience.