Thousands protest murder of NYC gay man

WW photo: Shelley Ettinger

WW photo: Shelley Ettinger

Thousands of people marched through New York’s Greenwich Village the evening of May 20 to protest the murder of Mark Carson. Shortly after midnight May 18, Carson was shot to death by a man yelling anti-gay slurs. Carson, a 32-year-old African American described by family and friends as “a proud gay man,” had been strolling through the springtime Village streets with a friend when he was gunned down. Incidents of violence against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people around the country, including New York City, have been on the rise in the last several years, with a disproportionate number of attacks targeting LGBTQ people of color.