Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Gay Bashing On the Lower East Side

This past Saturday, Kevin Aviance, renowned performer and drag queen, was attacked by a group of approximately six or seven males in the East Village. Four males have been arrested in connection with the hate crime and Mayor Bloomberg, who called the incident a disgrace, assured the city saying, “anybody that thinks they can get away with a hate crime is sadly mistaken.”

Len Evans, Aviance’s publicist, told the NY Times that the attackers shouted racial epithets during the attack and yelled, “kill the faggot.” What makes the attack even more disturbing is that bystanders were present during the attack and did nothing. Aviance was released from the hospital yesterday with the injuries he sustained visible to all. Even with his leg in a brace and his jaw wired shut, Aviance intends to perform at the Gay Pride parade on June 25th.

No matter your views on homosexuality, it takes a real coward to watch a human being receive a severe beating and turn your face in the opposite direction. Furthermore, the names of the four males who attacked this man are Jarell Sears, Akino George, Gregory Archie, and Gerard Johnson. Now those names sound to me like these attackers are brothers, which is just sad if my assumptions are correct. Less than a century ago some of our brothers and sisters received beatings much like the one that was issued two nights ago. Like a torch, the oppressor’s whip has been passed to the oppressed and the cycle of injustice continues.

1 comment:

Brother Spotless said...

Some would say that the Black community is more homophobic than most other communities...

I hope the young man's wounds heal; if he does indeed perform with a broken leg, those in attendance will be witness to true strength and courage.

This tragic event brings a lot to mind, but one thought stands out to me more than most: America, through policy and practice, seems ok with the idea (and in certain cases promotes the idea) of discriminating against homosexuals.

As recently as earlier this month, our nation's Senate voted on a constitutional amendent on the legality of gay marriage, with 49 Senators voting to outlaw the action. Now, I am not gay; but it seems only right to allow two people that love each other the opportunity to receive all of the legal benefits that comes with marriage (at least in the eyes of the law. Religion brings about another battle I choose not to fight at this time).

It is simply incoherent to argue that allowing gay marriage undermines the moral fiber of the American Family; fathers that leave their children have already done so for generations.

I thought we as a nation decided that discrimination was wrong? I guess not, because it is blatantly allowed everyday. And what seems even more poiniant is the fact that blacks (the same demographic that fought against discrimination only a generation ago) seem to be leading the charge. How hypocritical is that?