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."


  1. says

    Does this strike anyone else as just distasteful and childish? We’re trying to convince a nation that we have the right to adopt, marry, serve, and what . . . have no taste? I’m an atheist. I have no issue with one’s praying (for instance) in one’s home, but were Christians to pray all day on my and every corner (they kinda do, actually) it would not serve to lessen my disdain. Or teach tolerance. . . did the entire neighborhood beat someone? No. Tailor your action to the truth of the offense. Educate, pamphlet, enlighten, but for logic’s sake, put yourselves in tune.

  2. GBM says

    I will be attending the vigil tonight but I agree that “organized kissing” seems like a strange response. I’ve never liked the idea of using our acts of sexual intimacy as political weapons of outrage and defiance. We have every reason to be outraged and every reason to express public solidarity and love, but our message becomes confused when we make our kisses expressions of our outrage.

  3. Jeffrey Marx says

    Organized kissing is a strange response? Childish and distasteful? It was JUST KISSING. Nice, happy kissing. America watches MTV’s ‘Jersey Shore’ and any other straight, hook-up, booze fueled trash, but THIS is an outrage? I bet you had your DVR set to watch ‘Jersey Shore’. I feel bad for self-haters who like to whine over these types of actions. Sack up and take action. Be out and proud and happy about it!! xo

  4. Chavisa says

    Chad. There’s nothing distasteful about kissing. Almost everyone of every religion and non- religion does it. This is about feeling safe being out in public. This is about something commonplace, a kiss, which should not merit disdain or invoke provocation, a harmless act of love and affection, and making the homosexual kiss something that people need to get used to seeing without feeling the need to bludgeon the kissers. Unlike pushing Christianity, kissing doesn’t have hundreds of years of blood on its hands. Not really the same thing. Also, not all of us are fighting for the rights to Marry and Serve. Some of us are seeking more universal liberation.

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