Calls for a community-based response to recent anti-gay attacks in NYC are being answered and plans to conduct a rally and march in response to these incidents are gathering momentum. Queer Rising, a nonviolent direct action group advocating for full LGBT equality, today released a media statement detailing its plans to hold a rally and march this Thursday 5/16, starting at 7pm, outside Madison Square Garden. LGBT news/culture sites The Advocate and Towleroad today reported on news of the rally. Social media is also being used to raise awareness about the event. People intending to attend can RSVP on facebook.
On Monday evening 5/13 a public information event was held in an effort to assist with the identification of those involved in an anti-gay attack that occurred Sunday 5/5 in Midtown Manhattan. The event was organized by Council Speaker, Christine Quinn, and NY State Senator Brad Hoylman. The couple assaulted in that attack was present as were representatives of LGBT groups such as GLAAD, the Anti-Violence Project and the LGBT Community Center. Flyers were distributed calling for the public’s assistance in identifying one of the individuals alleged to have been involved in the 5/5 attack.
Meanwhile, ABC Local News today reported on a third posible anti-gay attack in Manhattan. On the evening af May 8th, a gay man was leaving Pieces Bar and attempting to hail a cab when he was assaulted by two men who shouted anti-gay slurs. The victim was not injured in the incident. Pieces Bar is located within working distance of the Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the American LGBT rights movement.