Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Queens responds to Jack Price attack

Below is information from Michael Mallon of the Queens Pride Center about how Queens activists and residents continue to respond to the attack against Jack Price in College Point.

In response to the violent beating of openly gay 49-year old Jack Price by two men outside of a convenience store in the College Point neighborhood of Queens early Friday, Oct. 9, a diverse coalition of Queens residents, activists, and community organizations are hosting a a march and rally on Saturday, Oct. 17, in and with the community of College Point to protest homophobia and to celebrate diversity.

We are also hosting an educational campaign geared towards the youth of College Point on Friday, Oct. 15; we believe that violence against LGBT people is rooted in ignorance and fear, threatens the safety of all people, and must be addressed by all members of all communities.

Please join us for one of these two important events:

Education outreach at Flushing High School in Flushing, Queens on Friday, Oct. 16, at 3 p.m.

We'll be distributing information about LGBT issues and speaking to students. Directions: Take the 7 train to Main Street and walk up to Northern Boulevard; cross the street; the school is a huge brick building. Meet us at the front gate. By bus: Take the Q14, Q16, Q17 or Q44 to 35th Avenue. School is on the corner. Take the Q25/34, Q65, Q67 to Main Street. Walk along Main Street toward Northern Boulevard.


March and rally in College Point on Saturday, Oct. 17, step off at 2 p.m.

We'll be marching down College Point Boulevard from 20th Avenue until 14th Avenue.
and then holding a rally at nearby Popenhusen Playground. Speakers TBA.
Directions: Take the 7 train to Main Street and then the Q65 bus from Roosevelt Avenue and Main Street to 20th Avenue

Please bring signs without wooden sticks, banners, friends, and your best self.


These event are endorsed by Generation Q, the Queens Community House, the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee, the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, St. Pat’s for All Parade, Astorians United Against Hate Crimes, Gay Peruvians of the Americas, the Long Island City Alliance, the Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens, Las Buenas Amigas, Out Astoria, Integrity NYC, Western Queens for Marriage Equality, the Anti Violence Project, the International Socialist Organization, Carmen’s Place, the New York Civil Liberties Union, Project Reach, Make the Road NY.

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