NYC Anti-Gay Violence Leads To Free Self-Defense Classes That Don’t Teach Self Defense


There’s been a historic number of violent attacks on gays in New York City in recent months, including the high-profile murder of gay activist Mark Carson two weeks ago.

So, on Sunday, an openly gay member of the New York City Council announced a series of new self-defense classes aimed at equipping members of the city’s gay community to fend off potential attackers.

“This is the kind of violence and frequency and in severity we haven’t seen in a really long time,” said council member Christine Quinn at a gay pride parade Sunday. “It isn’t safe to be gay everywhere in New York City.”

But, in a city that makes it increasingly inconvenient for its citizens – gay or otherwise – to bear arms, the focus of the classes isn’t so much on taking out a would-be attacker as on being aware that you’re about to get jumped.

“The lessons will focus on street smarts more than actual fighting,” notes CBS New York.

Even though the classes are free, the peace of mind that comes from cultivating a heightened sense of awareness that you’re about to become the victim of a hate crime – and that there’s little you can do about it – has to be priceless.

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • 45caliber

    Maybe the idea is to say, “Look, I’m not the gay person. He’s over there.” Then you run like H3LL when he looks to see where you are pointing…