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Watch: Kiss-Out and Vigil Against Brooklyn Anti-Gay Gang Attack


A group of gay activists held a "kiss-out" in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn late yesterday afternoon near the spot where a man was brutally attacked by five men after leaving a gay event at South Brooklyn Pizza last week.

Groups of four couples stationed themselves on street corners in the neighborhood and kissed for 20 minutes.

Watch video of the kiss out, AFTER THE JUMP...

Carroll The action was followed a couple hours later by a vigil. 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 were among those scheduled to attend.

Carroll Gardens blog 'Pardon Me for Asking' has a report and slideshow on the vigil: "There was also an impressive police presence from the 76th Precinct. Captain Corey and members of the precinct's Community Affairs unit were there. The most moving speech was delivered by the victim's friend, who explained that the young man preferred to stay out of the spotlight and wanted to stay anonymous. He apparently is rather overwhelmed with the attention."

Watch video of the kiss out, AFTER THE JUMP...

CARROLL GARDENS KISS-OUT from Ryan Tracy on Vimeo.

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  1. Some of these attacky aren't from conservatives, they're from liberals. They're from the type of liberals who think girl-girl is hot and guy-guy is gross.

    There are powerful elements in the media who pander to these sorts, knowingly or unknowlingly. These include the music industry, especially people like Lady Gaga, a woman who claims to be on the side of gays but consistently fails to depict male-male sensuality in her videos.

    The enemy isn't always conservative. It's the liberals, too.

    Posted by: jason | Mar 16, 2010 8:20:45 AM

  2. They should have had the kiss-out in front of Democratic Party headquarters, the same party that refused to allow gay marriage in the state of NY.

    Posted by: jason | Mar 16, 2010 8:22:23 AM

  3. Dude are you for real? The enemy are Liberals and...Lady Gaga??

    Posted by: Nick | Mar 16, 2010 8:41:47 AM

  4. Nick,

    I'm simply saying that the type of person who would bash a gay guy is often a young man who subscribes to the type of double standard promoted by Lady Gaga.

    It isn't so far-fetched. Look at the magazine collection of any gay-bashing, chauvinistic male and you'll find girl-girl action, not guy-guy action.

    Posted by: jason | Mar 16, 2010 9:00:29 AM

  5. The Kiss Out was a lovely event, and it should happen every week. There were a handful of neighborhood naysayers (i.e., doofuses.... or is that doofi?) who shouted inane comments at the kissers, but there were many more who were sympathetic, interested to know what this was about, or who smiled as they passed. It was especially nice to see the family folk with their strollers, either smiling or simply going about what they would normally do, as though they almost didn't see what was happnening. Many thanks to the organizers for making this intervention happen.

    The rally was a bit of a disappointment, especially after Sen. Squadron's office had sent out a number of e-mails and reminders that there would be several NYC officials speaking...and who didn't show. This includes Sen. Squadron himself, as well as Speaker Quinn. Representatives from their offices were there, but that does not have the same impact.

    I commend the officials who were good enough to give about half an hour of their time to show their support of the community and the victim during this troubling time.

    Posted by: Andalusian Dog | Mar 16, 2010 9:12:48 AM

  6. Sorry about the video fail. We're working on getting it back up. In the meantime, you can watch on Facebook:

    Posted by: Ryan Tracy | Mar 16, 2010 10:46:48 AM

  7. We just uploaded the video to Vimeo, as well:

    Posted by: Ryan Tracy | Mar 16, 2010 11:02:43 AM

  8. Good for these people. But notice how the usual protesting Manhattan doofuses (doofi) like Andy Humm, Ann Northrop, and their ilk wouldn't show up? Any protest that's not against white Republicans or a church and they hide away.

    Posted by: JT | Mar 16, 2010 12:02:52 PM

  9. JT, Andy Humm was at the vigil last night as were a number of "protesting Manhattan doofuses."

    Posted by: Guest | Mar 16, 2010 12:15:11 PM

  10. Jason, you're an idiot. That is just about the lamest argument ever. Try to focus: there may be a tiny percentage of liberals who are prejudiced only against gay men and not lesbians (doubtful in reality since real lesbians are not all lipstick/poledancers) but the MAJORITY of our HATERS are RIGHT WING RETHUGS. Oh, wait, you mean you are too? You're just a troll. Of course you are. Dumbass.

    Posted by: ZnSD | Mar 16, 2010 12:45:12 PM

  11. Great idea, great event......but the turnout? The gays in that community who didn't show up should be ashamed. This is the kind of thing that deserves support!

    Posted by: Geoff | Mar 16, 2010 1:26:05 PM

  12. 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

    Posted by: Jeffrey Marx | Mar 16, 2010 2:57:35 PM

  13. It was a great event! The whole days responses to the crime were proud moments for being a young gay man in Brooklyn, and New York.

    I've posted photos, as well as a video clip of counsel woman Letitia James, who was by far the most passionate and moving speaker at the vigil that night.

    Check it out here:

    Thanks to the organizers of both events!

    Posted by: David Martinez | Mar 25, 2010 12:53:01 PM

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