Thousands of New Yorkers marched through the streets of Greenwich Village Monday—the same streets that saw the landmark gay rights “Stonewall Riots” in 1969—to protest the recent shooting of a gay man and draw attention to the “culture of hate” which has fueled the recent increase in targeted violence.
Openly-gay Mark Carson, 32, was shot in the head Friday evening in the New York neighborhood while his attacker allegedly taunted him with homophobic slurs. He later died in a hospital.
“We’re here! We’re queer!” and “Homophobia’s got to go!” was chanted as protesters marched through the Village. The demonstration culminated with a rally at the site where Carson was killed, on the corner of 6th Avenue and 8th Street, where a vigil of flowers and candles continued to grow throughout the day.