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On Sunday May 19, Mark Carson was walking with a friend in NYC's West Village, not too far from the site of the historic Stone Wall Inn, when Elliot Morales called them a gay slur and started an altercation would end in murder.
Mr. Morales, who allegedly greeted them with a gay slur and then told them, "You look like gay wrestlers," according to court records. In an interview with police, Mr. Carson's friend said the two walked back to Mr. Morales and asked him what he meant by the remarks, a law-enforcement official said. The friend told police that Mr. Morales asked the two,
"You all want problems?" and then followed them to Eighth Street, where he confronted them again, asking, "Do you want to die right now?" the official said. The friend told police he told Mr. Morales, "Do you want to shoot us in front of all these people?" and had taken his phone out, the official said.
Mr. Morales allegedly then asked, "Are you with him?" court records said. Mr. Carson replied, "Yes," at which point Mr. Morales allegedly shot him in the head, the court records said. Mr. Carson was taken to Beth Israel Hospital and pronounced dead at around 1:40 a.m., police said. - The Wall Street Journal
There have been 22 anti-gay incidents of violence in New York City this year according to theDaily News. Mark Carson's murder seems to be a tipping point where this violence can no longer be ignored by not just politicians and police but the media as well.
On a special two part #TWiBRadio, we speak to senior political and legal reporter at BuzzFeed and LGBT Blogger Chris Geidner about media coverage of anti-LGBTQ violence. We also talk with writer and trans activist Janet Mock about the intersection of race, homophobia and violence in LGBTQ activism and what it means to be a true ally.