Three people have been wounded, and one killed, after shots were fired early Thursday morning at the Rocks, a popular gay bar in Albany, New York.
Police were alerted to shots fired at about 2am and are reportedly still on the scene.
One man died as a result of his injuries, while three other victims, one male and two females, were taken to Albany Med with non-life threatening injuries.
In the midst of the Trump victory on Election Day, it’s important to stay vigilant against anti-LGBT discrimination in the local area. From activist Jeremy Hobbs:
The February 2016 Unity March took place at the MLK Shopping Center on MLK Boulevard.
Numerous individuals spoke at the pre-march rally at the MLK Shopping Center, including City Council candidate Marquese “Skinny” Averett, Muscogee County Sheriff candidate Robert Keith Smith, members of the NAACP Columbus Branch, and Stephen Muhammad, Leader of Muhammad Mosque #96 of the Nation of Islam, which, through their Fruit of Islam paramilitary, provided security in tandem with Columbus Police Department.
Two parents of young Black men killed under conflicting circumstances, including the mother of Marquis Brown, who died at the Outlaw Saloon in a brawl in early February, spoke at the rally as well.
From Raynae Jones of South Georgia Pride, Inc. in Valdosta:
On Valentine’s Day a transgender woman of color was brutally attacked by 3 men. This attack occurred in Lowndes County, GA. Livian was beaten for over an hour, was held at gun point, and sexually assaulted.
As the result of her attack she has a broken eye socket, fractured jaw, punctured and collapsed lung.
Only one of her attackers has been arrested and some of the charges were dropped. It is unclear when the other two people involved in this attack will be arrested.
South Georgia Pride has been in contact with the victim and has been working directly with her to get in contact with resources that can possibly help her with legal assistance, payment of medical bills, therapy, navigation of communication with the police, etc.
So far Lambda Legal, Atlanta Pride, & HRC has contacted Raynae’ Jones about the case and on how to contact Livian. Phone calls and emails have been made to Southern Poverty Law Center, The Health Initiative, Southerns on New Ground (SONG) , and SNaP Coalition.
All of the South Georgia Pride Board members are committed to helping Livian and we are using our network and resources to connect her to the organizations that specialize in those areas that will help her. South Georgia Pride is a 501c3 Non Profit with our main mission of hosting the annual pride festival in Valdosta, GA[.]
We also respect and want to uphold the dignity of Livian as she goes through this very traumatic time physically and mentally.