“Last night, Friday, May 24th, a group of 9-10 men attacked one of my dearest friends, Eugene Lovendusky,” Alan Bounville, who is organizing a protest for tonight, writes via Facebook. “They yelled ‘faggot’ at Eugene as he was punched in the jaw.”
Lovendusky spoke at a vigil mourning the shooting death of Mark Carson, just one week ago today. He was the organizer for the Queer Rising rally on May 16, in front of NYC’s Madison Square Garden, just two days before Carson’s murder.
This makes the ninth violent anti-LGBT attack this month in New York City, and the 27th this year.
Bounville’s event tonight is in NYC at 34th Street and 7th Avenue, and runs from 10 PM to 1 AM — come by to show your support if you can. Bounville told The New Civil Rights Movement via a text that they “will go as late as people want,” and he asks those interested to bring poster board and markers if possible.
Scott Wooledge, founder of Memeographs and creator of the above graphic, writes via Facebook:
This hits home as I know this man personally. There have been a spree of anti-gay hate crimes in New York City this month. As people are unable to enforce their bigotry by laws and policies, they will turn to expressing their impotent hate on the streets.
I can’t do much to help make the world safer for my friends. But I have a platform, and I’m sending out this message to gay bashers: “You can kick us. You can punch us. You can shoot us dead as you did Mark Carson and Harvey Milk. But the LGBT community will not go back to the days before Stonewall Riots and DADT repeal. We will not abandon our righteous claim to be treated equally under the US Constitution and the laws of our states. You will lose eventually. And eventually we LGBT people will meet our respective Gods with our hands clean of blood.”
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