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On today's show... One Pittsburgh holds rally calling for UPMC to treat it's employees fairly Two vigils were held in honor of intimate Partner and Gun violence victim Ka'Sandra Wade Civil rights activist and scholar Angela Davis speaks as part of MLK day commemorations Rally against hate crimes based on queer and trans identity in the South Side After twelve years in solitary confinement Paul Rogers may be released to general population And more in our local and global headlines...
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The facebook post read:
[ quote] Members of the LGBTQ community [were] attacked at Margaritaville in the south side this past weekend. The staff kicked them out after being harassed inside along with their harassers only to [be] further attacked on the street without further intervention. This is unacceptable[.] Lets come together as a community for support of Jourdyn and Emprez as a community and show that we will not stand and be silent while hate crimes continue to be a problem in Pittsburgh [end quote].
This latest instance of people being attacked for being outwardly queer or trans had people ready to rally – as they have been ready in the past for similar events, mostly taking place in of the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Bloomfield, over the years. Each new incident carries the weight of never again along with the despair of how often that has been said.
The afternoon rally on Sunday the 27th took place on the steps of the Southside Carnegie Library, right across the street from the Margaritaville bar, at 2200 E. Carson St., where the incident took place on the night of Wednesday, January 16th. A crowd of around 60 people gathered in the cold to express their anger, sadness and hope.
One of the people who was attacked at the bar, Jourdyn, took the megaphone and explained a little of what happened that evening. Jourdyn is a person of color who identifies in this clip as a stud – a stud is someone who may appear as a woman who is more masculine than is socially acceptable.
Gina, or Emprez, took the megaphone next. Gina was also involved in this incident and speaks to the bigger picture:
Gina is right, it’s not just them or the other survivors in Pittsburgh who have experienced this violence. According to the most recent FBI hate crimes report from 2011, of the 6,222 hates crimes that were reported, 20.8% of hate crimes occurred against people based on their sexual orientation, second to racially motivated crimes at 46.9%. This percentage of sexual orientation-based hate crimes is up from 19.3% in 2010. They do not seem to quantify crimes against people based on their gender identity or trans identity.
There was hope in the air as well. Not only did many of the speakers feel gratitude for the community response, there was also mention of the recent second inauguration of Obama and his statement of [quote] Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law…for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well [ end quote].
Here is Ton, the MC of the rally, on this:
That was MC, Ton.
What Obama plans to do about the issue of equality for LGBTQ people in his second term is yet to be seen.
The bar’s response seemed to be contended. A megaphone holder said that the bar had no response and should be boycotted while Jourdyn, one of the attacked, shared this with Rustbelt Radio about the bar and also the police:
The bar was closed during the rally and did not open in time to ask for comment before this show aired.
In addition to local supporters and activists, two political figures were present: Bruce Kraus, the openly gay councilman who serves District 3, and Jim Sheppard, a special assistant to Mayor Ravenstahl. Here is Sheppard on the role of the Mayor and his office and the issues with police response:
There is a discussion planned as follow up to this incident and rally for Saturday February 2nd at 7:00 pm at the GLCC –located down town at 210 Grant Street. Find more information at the face book event page entitled “what can I do about violence against LGBTQ people?”
This story was recorded and produced by Lizzie Anderson
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