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‘Homophobia’s got to go!’: Thousands protest in NYC for love and tolerance

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.

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