Towleroad Talking Points: Rally Against Hate in New York

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A massive rally to end homophobia and anti-gay violence got underway in the West Village this evening as thousands marched to the spot where Mark Carson was murdered over the weekend in an anti-gay attack. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and DOMA plaintiff Edie Windsor were just a few of the group on hand making their voices heard. With news breaking today that Carson's sadistic murderer will be charged with a hate crime, our Ari Waldman discusses what the recent string of anti-gay attacks in New York say about society, especially when it comes to gay members of minority groups. 

President Obama continues to make it clear that LGBT rights are a major part of his second term agenda, or at least his rhetoric, as he touched on gay rights during his speech at the Morehouse College commencement ceremony. And Jesse Tyler Ferguson is hoping that his former high school in New Mexico will allow one transgender student to graduate with dignity




The Billboard Music Awards were held last night and the highlight of the night was definitely Justin Bieber's announcement that he wants to have his "craft taken seriously," followed by the subsequent booing and Taylor Swift's Bieber-directed stank face. Also Singer Miguel slammed his crotch into some poor unsuspecting woman's face. In non-music related news, Jack Black did the weather down under and two former Blues Clues actors found true love, together



What with the South's track record when it comes to gay rights, this country western marriage equality anthem is certainly refreshing. Also I guess you can't trust a Canadian with the Star-Spangled Banner

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  1. Any port in a storm for Obama.

    Posted by: AR | May 21, 2013 1:44:34 AM

  2. actually, marriage means access to you by your spouse in the hospital, survivorship rights, and acknowledgement of your most important relationship if ur being gunned down

    Posted by: rick scatorum | May 21, 2013 4:51:32 AM

  3. It isn't only gays being murdered and assaulted in the streets. Most violent crime victims in NYC [just for example] are so-called minority and 'poor', and they live in neighborhoods filled with 'public housing' that have been dangerous for generations. Violent urban street crime in America isn't something new. It's been an epidemic for the past 40 years. Yet when a gay man gets murdered in the village, the usual suspects come out and scream it's all about gay visibility, gay marriage gains, it's about their 'talking points'. Well no, it's not. It's about multiple generations of very dysfunctional and damaged human beings being raised [and enabled by mostly 'progressives'] who display characteristics consistent with sociopathy and extreme narcissism. They especially have zero regard and empathy for others who aren't a member of their 'crew' or tribe. And they roam the streets in predatory fashion looking for people to rob, assault, rape and murder. A few days ago Mr. Carson became another victim. This is the enemy here. Unfortunately, the 'advocates' who control the 'talking points' of the gay community are self-described 'progressives' who refuse to look reality in the face and prefer to live in a quasi-fantasy world.

    Mr. Morales was well known to The System. Yet him, and many like him, fell and fall through the cracks in The System. And people like Marc Carson end up being shot in the face while out walking with a friend in a 'gay friendly' neighborhood where he should have felt reasonably safe.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 21, 2013 7:08:43 AM

  4. Fear not, New York! The Human Rights Campaign is writing a letter! So we've had a rally, we're getting a letter, the only left is a candle light vigil and we'll be exactly the whiny little weenies people expect us to be.

    Arm yourselves. Do not stand by and watch the gay community (or your parents, or friends, or the next generation, or the neighborhood you grew up in) attacked by the criminal evidence of the decay of society.

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 21, 2013 11:25:26 AM

  5. Oh, for god's sake Rat, STFU! You know absolutely nothing, I repeat, NOTHING about NYC. Your constant attempts to blame crime, violent crime, on people of colour has become tedious. One wishes for the opportunity to grab you by the throat and slap you upside your fool head!

    FYI, Rat, the violent crime rate in NYC is now lower than anytime in the last 50 years! Regardless of this recent spate of anti-gay assaults, overall violent crime NYC is down, way down. And, especially in public housing, the violent crime rates are down.

    We're in the 21st century, Rat, We're not in your fantasized idea of NYC a la New Jack City circa 1990. Yes, there is still violent crime but statistically, your usual, idiotic, racist rants don't hold water.

    Again, STFDASTFU.

    Posted by: jamal49 | May 21, 2013 12:54:47 PM

  6. @Jamal49,

    Are you American? Canadian? Americans spell it as 'color', no 'u'.

    Just saying.

    Posted by: ratbastard | May 21, 2013 2:17:37 PM

  7. Jamal - You haven't really countered his claim with facts. The relative crime rate in New York has nothing to do with the demographics of crime in New York.

    According the NYPD 2012 Enforcement Report the arrestee in Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter
    was black 53.7 % of the time and Hispanic 34.8% of the time.

    In New York City, whites are 44.6% of the population and the arrestee in 9.2% of the Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter cases.

    Posted by: David Hearne | May 21, 2013 2:25:13 PM

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