As previously reported by several news sources yesterday, we have recently experienced several attacks being investigated as hate crimes against gay men. A â€œUnity Gatheringâ€ organized by Councilmember Robert Garcia and the Gay and Lesbian Center of Long Beach in response to the attacks was conducted yesterday at Cherry Park, hundreds of people showed up in support.
Some of the speakers and city representatives included: Congresswoman Janice Hahn, Mayor Bob Foster, Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, Councilmember Robert Garcia, Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, Councilmember Gary DeLong, Councilmember Steven Neal, the Courage Campaign, LB Lambda Democratic Club, Long Beach Pride, and our Police Department.
It was a great experience to be part of the rally, it was amazing to see how many people showed up, how many people cared and best of all it made me proud of my city, my community and the people I love. Great job and thank you to all of our city officials, not only for acknowledging the attacks but bringing people together and showing all of us that Long Beach is a welcoming and accepting that it doesnâ€™t matter who you are, where you come from, or who you love.