QUEER RISING TO STAGE “QUEERS TAKE BACK THE NIGHT” RALLY AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN DURING KNICKS GAME TO PROTEST RECENT MIDTOWN HATE CRIMES
New York, NY — On Thursday May 16, during the New York Knicks’ game, Queer Rising — a grassroots organization created to demand full equality for all queer people through nonviolent direct action — will sponsor Queers Take Back the Night: A Rallied Response to Dual Hate-Crimes, a rally and march in response to recent anti-gay hate crimes in the Madison Square Garden area.
After a string of ant-gay vandalism hit an Arlington, Texas neighborhood police have confirmed they have one of the suspects in custody, and have identified four others. All suspects are teenagers from 16-18 years old. Additionally, all suspects well be charged with a hate crime. The other four are expected to be in custody soon, and will be charged between $1,500 – $20,000 for the graffiti.
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Aimee Whitchurch and her partner Christel Conklin of Parker, Colorado were not expecting to find “kill the gay” spray painted on their garage door when coming home last Friday. After chalking it up to neighborhood kids, they took the threat seriously after finding a noose on their doorstep the next day.
In an interview with KWGN, Whitchurch said “You get words like ‘homos’ or ‘you’re going to burn in hell’ and things of that nature, but ‘kill the gay?’ That’s a threat against our lives so it was overwhelming,” Whitecurch continues, “The noose is where it really became shocking and scary”.
MyForce would like to recognize the 13-year anniversary of a horrific crime that took the life of an inspired soul, Matthew Shepard, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998. He would have been turning 35 this coming December.