Thursday's Demonstration Set Up By Grassroots Organization 'Queer Rising'

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Queer Rising, a grassroots organization aimed at creating “full equality for all queer people through nonviolent direct action,” held a rally outside of Madison Square Garden on Thursday night.

Demonstrators gathered to denounce violence against the gay community, in light of a recent spate of alleged bias attacks against gay couples in the city.

Two of those attacks occurred in Midtown; one of them took place on Christopher Street. Thursday’s rally was held ahead of a Knicks playoff game. The suspects in one of the Midtown attacks are believed to be Knicks fans.

“I think it’s just anger, and hatred towards the gay community. We’re going to keep expressing ourselves until people realize that we’re not leaving,” one man told 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten.

Following the rally the group marched south along Eighth Avenue through Chelsea towards Jackson Square Park.

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