Hundreds of New Yorkers gathered to remember Mark Carson (right), a 32-year-old gay Brooklyn man who was shot and killed in New York’s Greenwich Village Friday in the fifth hate crime to plague the city this month. The peace rally was arranged by Adam Feldman, a theater critic for Time Out New York, who spoke passionately before the crowd about the importance of gun control.
Another rally will be held at the city’s LGBT Community Center (208 West 13th Street) Monday, May 20 at 5:50 p.m. City council speaker Christine Quinn will address the crowd. Members of the community will be joined by other elected officials, LGBT community leaders and allies to march to the site of Carson’s murder to demand an end to hate crimes against the LGBT community. A Facebook page has been created to raise awareness for the rally.
GLAAD has announced it will join the march tomorrow night. Actor Wilson Cruz, a spokesperson for the watchdog group, issued the following statement:
“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.”
See photos from last night’s vigil below.
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