Our community rightfully prides ourselves on being one of the most tolerant in the world, and these attacks have shaken us. The recent murder of Marc Carson exposes just how vulnerable we remain even in 2013 and even in the West Village in Manhattan.
It is not, of course, only LGBT New Yorkers who must fear hate crimes. Indeed, across the city hate crime has been on the rise. Attacks on Jewish New Yorkers, African-Americans, Latinos, women and more continue to break our bones and harm our souls.
Since Prop. 8 in CA and the political melee of DADT, the gay community has begun to question the money filtering from LGBT lobbyists' pockets into the campaigns of legislators who subsequently vote against LGBT causes.