Vigil and ‘Kiss-Out’ Tonight Protesting Anti-Gay Assault in Brooklyn



The Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Lambda Independent Democrats of Brooklyn, and Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City have organized a vigil for tonight at 8:30 pm at the corner of Luquer Street and Hamilton Avenue in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn to rally against an anti-gay hate crime in which a man was attacked and severely beaten by a gang of five men last week.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio,  NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn

Brooklyn, Borough President Marty Markowitz,  Congressmember Nydia Velazquez,  Congressmember Yvette Clarke,  State Senator Daniel Squadron,  Assemblymember Joan Millman,  NYC Councilmember Brad Lander,  NYC Councilmember Sara Gonzalez,  NYC Councilmember Rosie Mendez,  NYC Councilmember Danny Dromm, and  NYC Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer are among those scheduled to attend.

The vigil will be preceded by a KISS-OUT at South Brooklyn Pizza at 5:30 pm. The organizers write: "This Monday, March 15th at 5:30 pm, we’ll assemble at the pizza place (451 Court Street) and then, starting at 6pm, groups of two or more will be given a place to go and kiss. You will be directed to stand at an intersection and kiss for 20 minutes. Ideally, we'll have 4 groups at a given intersection, one at each corner.

By stationing ourselves on each corner in the neighborhood, we're aligning ourselves with the street– a fixture that isn’t going away.

At 6:30, everyone is invited to return to the pizza place and enjoy the night together."