Why London’s Rally Against Gay Violence Is Truly Extraordinary

What happened in London on Friday night was, in a word, remarkable. Thousands gathered in a candlelight vigil to raise awareness about the string of violence there in recent weeks, the most gruesome of which left Ian Baynham dead.

That so many folks would come out to rally for members of our community is momentous by itself. But remember this: It’s easy to forget, if you’re reading this website from the U.S. or Britain, that an event like this is even possible.

When a gay man is murdered in Iraq, or a lesbian woman raped in South Africa, or a transgender fella is assaulted in Uganda, there simply are not these masses of human beings who are free to stand up, have their voices heard, and demand action.

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