New Yorks THE CENTER hosts Anti Gay Hate Violence Rally

Dear Center Community,


I know you share my sadness and outrage at the recent string of
anti-gay violence gripping our city, including the horrific murder of
32-year old Mark Carson on Friday
night, just blocks from the Center. I want you to know that the Center
is committed to standing with community partners and leaders, and doing
everything in our power to respond and denounce this wave of violence
against our community.

On Monday
evening we will gather on the steps of the Center, along with the
Anti-Violence Project, New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn,
community members, other elected officials, and LGBT community leaders
and allies, and march to the site of Friday’s shooting to demand an end
to hate crimes against our community. At the end of the march, we will
rally to denounce hate violence, call for justice and to mourn the death
of Mark Carson. Please join us, and help spread the word.

New York is our city, and we aren’t going backward. Join us on Monday evening to honor Mark and help ensure everyone hears our message.

In solidarity,
Glennda Testone
Executive Director

MARCH AND RALLY IN RESPONSE TO LGBT HATE CRIMES – Monday, May 20th at 5:30 p.m. beginning at the Center, 208 W 13th Street, and proceeding to West 8th Street and 6th Avenue.

ADDITIONAL SAFETY INFO
– The Anti-Violence Project encourages you to report violence you
experience or witness to their free and confidential 24-hour, bilingual
(English/Spanish) hotline at 212-714-1141, where you can speak with a trained counselor and seek support. You can also report violence anonymously online at www.avp.org, and learn about upcoming Community Safety Nights beginning Friday, May 24. And remember, for immediate police assistance, dial 911.

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