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.
New Documentary Focuses on Black Gay Men Dealing with Depression
According to the American Association of Suicidology, between the 1980s to early 1990s, the rate of suicide among Black men ages 15 - 24 increased 83 percent. Although the rate dropped to 67 percent since 1994, suicide is still the third leading cause of death among young Black men, and 4.3 times higher than Black women.
Award-winning journalist and founder of Project DBGM (Depressed Black Gay Men) Antoine Craigwell will host a benefit “I’m Not Alone @ The Table” on Saturday, November 19. The benefit is being held to raise additional funds and public awareness for the completion of his upcoming documentary, “You Are Not Alone,” which focuses on the struggles and suffering in silence of Black gay men dealing with depression.
“We are shattering the taboo, that unspoken rule with protective roots in Black history, which says ‘you don't talk your business to strangers.’” Craigwell said in a statement. “That silence which ignores the hurts, abuses, and betrayals Black gay men experience, contributes to their downward spiral into depression and we want to let folks know they are not alone at the table.”
The event will take place at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture, 53 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., and the program begins at 7:30 p.m. N.Y. State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson will be in attendance. Tickets are available at projectdbgm.com.
This month the United States Supreme Court will issue decisions on two cases critical to marriage equality. GLAAD is working with media outlets and couples around the country to push for marriage. Follow GLAAD for up to date news about the Supreme Court's decision at www.glaad.org/marriage