Moving Forward

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RIP_Tyler.jpgOn October 8th, 2010, a group of northern Manhattan residents gathered near the George Washington Bridge. As the sun set, they lined the span with streamers, promoting tolerance of persons oppressed by their sexual preferences.

While the group initially set out to commemorate Tyler Clementi, who committed suicide by jumping off the bridge on September 22nd, the timing of the event could not have been more relevant. 

Last week there was an anti-gay beating at the Stonewall Inn. In the Bronx a group made up of mostly teenagers beat and tortured their 17-year-old friend into admitting he, and three other persons, were gay. And yesterday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino went on a homophobic rant that included in his written text: "There is nothing to be proud of in being a dysfunctional homosexual."

Friday, Elizabeth Lorris Ritter, who helped organize the streamer lining and is chair of Community Board 12's Parks & Cultural Affairs Committee, said, "In the same way that the civil rights struggle in the 60s started to really get traction, when white people realized this isn't a black people problem, this is an everybody problem. And the feminist movement started to get a little more traction when men realized this isn't a women thing, this is an everybody thing. This is not a gay thing. This is an everybody thing."

"Moving Forward" was shot and produced by Alex Castex-Porter, includes footage by Jonathan Reznick, and the music is "Mermaid" by Anamanaguchi.

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