In response to the horrific homicide of a gay man on Friday, May 17th, and the recent spate of other public anti-LGBTQ hate violence, the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) will join the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, Bronx LGBTQ Center, GLAAD, Make the Road NY, the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund, other community partners, and New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn on Monday, May 20th at the LGBT Community Center, 208 West 13th Street, Manhattan, at 5:30 p.m. to march to West 8th Street and 6th Avenue. A rally and a speak out will immediately follow the march, where community members, elected officials, LGBTQ community leaders and allies will denounce hate violence and call for community safety.
Over the past few weeks, AVP has been working with community members and have heard from so many people who want to respond to and speak out about this violence. After we join together to march and speak out on Monday, AVP will continue to work to create safety in all communities across New York City through our Friday Community Safety Nights that will begin on this Friday, May 24th. Every Friday night from May 24th through the end of June, AVP will be out on the streets doing outreach in neighborhoods affected by anti-LGBTQ violence to raise awareness and provide people with information and safety tips. We will be bringing community members together to talk about what we can do to address and prevent this violence – and you can help! We will need dedicated volunteers and concerned community members to get out there and join us as we bring our message of safety to the streets.
We know that so many people have been affected by the violence of recent weeks and AVP is here for you. We encourage you to report violence you experience or witness – or just call to talk with someone if you want support in dealing with the recent high profile violence our communities have experienced - through our free and confidential 24-hour bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline at 212-714-1141 where you can speak with a trained counselor and seek support. You can also report violence anonymously online to www.avp.org.
Find out more about AVP at our website, www.avp.org, get regular updates on our ongoing work on Facebook.com/antiviolence or Twitter @antiviolence, and get involved and make a difference.