May 24, 2013

The recent spate of anti-gay hate crimes has shocked many in the gay community. According to police, these crimes have more than doubled so far this year from 14 to 29, and most have been in Manhattan. But gay advocacy organizations say, and police acknowledge, that much of what happens never makes it into a police report. Ioannis Dunn is one thousands who on Monday marched through the streets of the West Village to denounce the killing of 32-year-old Mark Carson. Carson was shot in the face on 8th Street and 6th Avenue. Dunn understood the relevance of holding the march in the neighborhood, but at the same time wondered if this sort of massive gay prescence wasn’t needed more in other places. Afterall, he said, the West Village is highly populated with gay people. “It's sort of preaching to the converted already,” Dunn said. Dunn may be correct. According to the New York City Anti-Violence Project, bias attacks against gays are increasing the most in Queens and the Bronx. The group tracks incidents by getting first-person accounts, as well as by collecting reports from the police and District Attorneys. Incidents include physical assaults and getting called gay epithets.