"His Name Was Mark Carson": New Yorkers Rally Against Hate Crimes

    After a rash of anti-gay crime in the city and the murder of a gay man earlier this week, New Yorkers gathered in the West Village to make a statement.

    Yesterday afternoon New Yorkers participated in a Rally Against Hate, organized by members of New York's LGBT community. The rally was organized in response to a recent number of hate crimes, most notably the murder of Mark Carson, a gay man who was shot in the West Village neighborhood on May 18.

    Thousands of New Yorkers marched from the New York LGBT Center to the site of Mark Carson's fatal shooting at Sixth Avenue and 8th Street . Chants of, "What was his name? Mark Carson!" broke out as the large group snaked through the West Village streets. A large presence of NYPD officers rode mopeds and lined the streets to ensure the march remained peaceful. Speaker of the New York City Counsel Christine Quinn and Edie Windsor both participated in the march, as well as several other important community leaders. Mark Carson's family members were present and addressed the crowd, followed later by a moment of silence.