Noting, “As gay rights increase, so do hate crimes,” The New York Times today published a video examining the aftermath of the murder of Mark Carson, the 32-year old gay man shot dead on Friday for being gay. The video, which covers last night’s march through the West Village and Greenwich Village, includes this important observation from Sharon Stapel, the Executive Director of New York City’s Anti-Violence Project.
“There is absolutely a backlash” against LGBT civil rights progress, Stapel says, “and that backlash is often very loud and full of vitriol. That backlash, especially when it comes from community leaders, in the form of hate speech, who people look up to and respect, really does encourage an anti-LGBT sentiment in the world.”
We invite you to sign up for our new mailing list, and subscribe to The New Civil Rights Movement via email or RSS.