The New York City Anti-Violence Project is outraged to hear of yet another violent anti-gay attack, one of them fatal, and the sixth such incident since May 5th. According to Bruce Yelk at Nightlifegay.com, who is a close friend of the survivor, Dan Contarino was attacked last night at Avenue D and 4th Street in Manhattan's East Village neighborhood by an individual shouting anti-gay slurs.
AVP is also looking into the possibility of a seventh anti-LGBTQ assault of a transgender woman on Roosevelt Avenue in Queens.
Just last night, thousands of LGBTQ people and allies took to the street to and speak out against the anti-LGBTQ hate violence that is happening in our city. AVP is working with New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office to further investigate this most recent incident. We have also reached out to our community partners in this work.
In light of Friday's anti-LGBTQ homicide and these brutal attacks on our community members AVP will be holding a Community Safety Night on Friday, May 24th, and continuing on every Friday throughout Pride month. During Friday Community Safety Nights, AVP will be out on the streets doing outreach in the affected neighborhoods 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.
WHAT: Friday Safety Nights outreach in neighborhoods affected by anti-LGBTQ violence
WHEN: Friday, May 24th (and continuing on every Friday throughout Pride month)
WHERE: Meet at AVP at 6 pm for a brief Safety Training, then we will head out to do outreach together!
AVP encourages you to report violence you experience or witness to 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, or you can report violence anonymously online.
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.