GLAAD joins march and rally against anti-LGBT hate violence in New York City

May 19, 2013

Rich Ferraro
Vice President of Communications, GLAAD
(646) 871-8011

New York, NY, May 19, 2013 – GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy organization, announced that on Monday, May 20, the organization will join community groups and public officials in a march and rally to speak out against anti-LGBT hate violence in New York City.

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The march will begin at the LGBT Community Center of New York at 5:30pm ET and conclude at the site of a fatal shooting that took place on Friday, May 17. Speakers at the rally will denounce hate violence, call for justice, and mourn the death of Mark Carson, who was fatally shot in an apparent act of anti-LGBT bias. Friday night in New York's Greenwich Village, police say a gunman, who is in custody, followed Carson, taunting him with anti-gay slurs and homophobic language, before fatally shooting him in the head. Carson is the fifth victim of anti-gay violence in New York City in the last several weeks, but the first fatality.

Wilson Cruz, GLAAD's national spokesperson said: "Our hearts grieve for Mark's loved ones. While our community has made progress, this is a stark and sobering reminder of the rife homophobia that still exists in our culture. These crimes are intended to scare and silence LGBT people. However as a proud New York native, I am confident that our community and our city will not be silenced, but will rather come together to stop this rash of senseless violence. Speaker Christine Quinn, other elected officials, and the New York City Anti-Violence Project continue to showcase strong leadership in addressing the safety of LGBT New Yorkers. Yet, we are reminded still that, until we rid our society of the discrimination that allows us to be seen as inferior and less than human, we will never truly be safe, even in one of the most accepting cities in the world."

Other organizations and officials participating with GLAAD include: the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP), the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Bronx LGBTQ Center, Make the Road NY, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, other community partners, and New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn.

Over the past few weeks, the Anti-Violence Project has been working with GLAAD and community members and have heard from many people who want to respond to and speak out about this violence.  AVP will continue to work to create safety in all communities across New York City through a Friday Community Safety Nights that will begin on this Friday, May 24th.  Every Friday night from May 24th through the end of June, AVP will be out on the streets doing outreach in neighborhoods affected by anti-LGBTQ violence to raise awareness and provide people with information and safety tips. AVP is looking for dedicated volunteers and concerned community members to join them.