1,500 rally for Mark Carson in NYC - It was New York City’s largest LGBT rally in years, according to organizers. On Monday at least 1,500 people showed up to honor the life of Mark Carson and make a stand against the hate that led to his death. Carson was an openly gay 32-year-old black man who was shot and killed over the weekend in what authorities are investigating as an anti-gay hate crime.
The randomness of Carson’s death has shocked the city’s LGBT community. “Mark is not going to die in vain. We are not going to get beat up in vain,” one rally participant told Mother Jones. “Gay rights, we’re still fighting for them, and the fight is not over. We need to protect each other.”
Yesterday afternoon New Yorkers participated in a Rally Against Hate, organized by members of New York’s LGBT community. The rally was organized in response to a recent number of hate crimes, most notably the murder of Mark Carson, a gay man who was shot in the West Village neighborhood on May 18.
I’m Not a Joke is a campaign spreading awareness for the LGBTI community through art and design, created by Daniel Arzola (@Arzola_d) for the school of Visual Arts Rafael Monasterios in light of the recent violent acts against the sexually diverse community in Venezuela. It initially seeks to expand in the online community. If you’d like to share your opinion please do so via twitter using the hashtag #ImNotaJoke. Like our page on Facebook and share our designs to support our cause!
I was following the pack all swallowed in their coats, With scarves of red tied ‘round their throats, To keep their little heads, From falling in the snow, And I turned ‘round and there you go, And Michael, you would fall, And turn the white snow red as strawberries in the summertime.