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Rally and march
against antigay attacks in New York City

Rally and march
against antigay attacks in New York City

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A rash of antigay attacks in New York, including the beating of gay singer Kevin Aviance (pictured), have prompted a rally and march on Saturday.

The beating of openly gay singer Kevin Aviance along with several other attacks on gay people on the streets of New York City last weekend have spurred local activists to organize a rally against hate on Saturday. Gay New Yorkers and their supporters will gather at the northeast corner of 14th Street and First Avenue and then march to Christopher Park. The rally will begin at 2 p.m., followed by the march at 3 p.m.

Aviance, 38, was brutally attacked by a group of thugs yelling antigay slurs after leaving a club in the East Village early last Sunday. He suffered a broken jaw, bruised knee, and other injuries. Later that morning in Queens, a group of three friends were attacked by a larger group yelling antigay and racist epithets as one member wielded a baseball bat. That same day, a man was followed off a train by another man who harassed him with antigay language, pushed him down elevated platform exit stairs to the street, and kicked and punched him repeatedly.

Four men suspected of beating Aviance were arraigned on Wednesday on assault charges, but they did not enter a plea. (The Advocate)

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