Rashawn & Beyond: Anti-Violence News for Queer People of Color

The Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund aims to establish a sustainable tribute to Rashawn that promotes critical thought about the impact of violence and intolerance, particularly upon queer communities of African descent.

Through this blog, we provide action alerts, event postings and breaking news as a means of informing these communities in ways that enable them to combat racism and homophobia.

Monday, September 04, 2006

LGBT Poverty

The following is an event that occured earlier last month. An update to the discussion will be furnished as soon as it is available.


On August 5th 2006, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Gender NonConforming people facing issues of poverty will have the opportunity to give voice to our struggles in a community speak-out, an initiative of the WELFARE WARRIORS, a project of Queers for Economic Justice.

*Spend your afternoon enjoying free delicious food and fabulous performances by Shila Momtaz , Ignacio Rivera, Cheyenne Ross, Holiday Simmons, & Switch N Play

*Share your experiences with poverty and help develop a campaign around public assistance

Where: Room 301, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Center
located at 208 West 13th Street, Manhattan

When: Saturday, August 5th 2006. 12-4 PM

Free Food and Metrocards provided!

Audre Lorde Project
Congregation Beth Simchat Torah
Critical Resistance
Desis Rising Up & Moving
Gender Action Coalition
GRIOT Circle
LGBT Law Association of Greater New York
The LGBT Community Center
New York City AIDS Housing Network
Peter Cicchino Youth Project
Queers Immigrant Rights Project
Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Free Metrocards will be provided

For more information, contact
Queers for Economic Justice at 212-564-3608 or
Doyin Ola: DoyinO@q4ej.org
Reggie Gossett: ReggieG@q4ej.org

Doyin Ola
Welfare Rights Organizer
Queers for Economic Justice
16 W. 32nd Street #10H
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212.564.3608
Fax: 212.564.0590
Website: www.QueersforEconomicJustice.org

Repeat of Sakia Gunn?

Lesbian gang attacks and stabs man in New York City

A group of lesbians from Newark, N.J., attacked and stabbed a straight man in downtown New York City early Friday morning after the man apparently came on to one of the women. Wayne Buckle, 28, was allegedly whipped by belts and then stabbed with a steak knife by Patreese Johnson in retaliation for the unwanted advance, the New York Daily News reports.

According to a police source, one of the women yelled "She's my girl, and no one hits on my girl!" during the incident. Later, at the police station house, where the seven suspects were charged with gang assault and criminal possession of a weapon, another woman told the Daily News that Buckle "called us [homophobic slur] and he said he was going to f--- us all." Said another: "He spit on us and threw a cigarette. This is a hate crime."

Buckle was recovering at a local hospital in critical but stable condition. (The Advocate)

August 22, 2006
Original Adocate Article