Two well-publicized and likely homophobic attacks occurred on New Years. Others go unreported or under-reported far too often. The GLBT community says, “Enough is enough.” They are encouraging as many as possible to rally at Days Park on Friday, January 15th, at 7 PM, to march take a stand against bigotry.
They may then march along the sidewalks of Allen Street to Main Street depending on how many people are involved. If you are able, please bring candles, and if you are also willing, please wear rainbow and/or hot pink for visibility.
This comes in the wake of two events hit the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, and Transgendered (LGBT) community hard. Lindsay Harmon was savagely stabbed, blinding her in one eye, while her attacker uttered anti gay slurs, as Lindsay exited Roxy’s nightclub with her girlfriend. Investigations have not yet proven this to be a hate crime.
The reason the LGBT community requires hate crime laws and marriage equality legislation, is that, as Americans, they continue to live a ‘separate but unequal’ reality. They possess the inalienable rights of every American citizen, yet they daily face unrelenting religious and partisan defamation, physical threats, and myriad affronts to their families and their character. Lurking around every corner, whether at work, in the media, or in their most private lives, they are dogged by a pervasive bias, religiously rationalized intolerance, and indifference to the violence they suffer in word and deed.
The ‘OUT’ in OUTspoken refers to the courage it takes to live an authentic life, as opposed to one lived in shame and hiding. The LGBT community says they have HAD ENOUGH. How we respond as a community is very much dependent on the response of elected officials to these two entirely unacceptable recent events. The LGBT community will continue to demand undeniable civil rights as American citizens, and innate dignity as human beings.