Community gathers to mourn victims of domestic homicide

Written by Lester Black
The Daily Free Press
The Independent Student Newspaper at Boston University

Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community remembered domestic homicide victims Thursday night with a candlelight vigil at the Boston Common.

The murder of Winthrop resident Casey Taylor in August, the third gay male to be killed by domestic violence in Mass. in five months and the seventh since 2010, spurred LGBTQ leaders to organize the vigil.

“After Casey Taylor’s death we thought, this is the third one this year, what is going on?” said Toni Troop of Jane Doe, Inc.  “It’s our responsibility to make the community more aware.”

Rep. Liz Malia, of Jamaica Plain, spoke underneath the Boston Common Bandstand with other community activists about the need for more conversation and open dialogue with the LGBTQ community about domestic violence.

“LGBTQ people, just like straight people, deserve a relationship free of violence,” Malia said.

Underreporting and a lack of information about domestic violence plague the LGBTQ community, said Iain Gill of the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project.

“Only 24 percent of LGBTQ people polled in Mass. said they could name a resource that could help them if they were a victim,” he said. Read full article.

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Advocates Fight Stigma of LGBTQ Domestic Violence

September 22, 2011 7:43 p.m.

The domestic violence homicides in the gay community that have occurred in the state over the last few months are alarming advocates who said that more focus must be put on the issue that affects not just one type of relationship.

“Domestic violence doesn’t discriminate,” said Iain Gill of the Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project. “The only difference is the barriers and lack of resources and homophobia from providers.”

Advocates from various groups planned a vigil at the Boston Common Thursday night in response to the domestic violence homicides in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community. Read the fully story.

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A Community at the Point of Crisis

Candlelight Vigil in Response to GLBTQ Domestic Violence Related Homicides

When: Thursday, September 22
Where: Boston Common Bandstand
Time: 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm

GMDVP joined with a coalition of domestic violence organizations, including the The Network/La Red, HarborCOV (Communities Overcoming Violence), Jane Doe Inc. (JDI), The Violence Recovery Program at Fenway Health, and the GLBT Domestic Violence Coalition to address the uptick in domestic violence homicides in the GLBTQ community.

Sign up to attend:

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DV Homicide

3rd Gay Male Domestic Violence Homicide in 5 Months is 7th in LGBTQ community since 2010

Boston/Winthrop, MA – The recent homicide of Casey Taylor has rocked the LGBTQ community.  Winthrop resident, John Lacoy, stands accused of killing Casey Taylor in his bedroom and then hiding the body beneath his porch for weeks. Read full story.

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GMDVP’s ED, Curt Rogers, at the State House

Male Victims go Unnoticed

LGBT domestic violence awareness:

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12th Annual Pride Brunch

Eat. Drink. Be Proud.
Celebrate Boston’s Pride with GMDVP.

On Saturday, June 11th from 11 am to 1 pm, GMDVP will host its 12th Annual Pride Brunch at Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams (142 Berkeley Street). The event is directly on the Parade Route. Guests are able to support a worthy cause, while enjoying Boston’s Pride Celebration. Tickets are $45 per person and include gourmet brunch, Prosecco, and a variety of flavored mimosas. Purchase your tickets today!

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GMDVP Wish List

If you would like to donate any of the items on our Wish List or organize a Donation drive, please call Brandon at 617-354-6056. Please click here for our complete Wish List.

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Voices of Hope Benefit

On Thursday, April 21 at the Lenox Hotel from 6:00 to 8:30 pm GMDVP will host its Voices of Hope Award & Benefit Celebration.

This event will Honor David Wilson (Board Member of MassEquality & The Human Rights Campaign). Guests will also hear stories of courage and hope from survivors of domestic violence.  Click here for more information and to purchase your tickets.

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GMDVP in the News

GMDVP Responds to Gay Domestic Violence Homicide in Provincetown

The organization is saddened to hear of the death of David Walton, a victim of a domestic violence homicide in a camping ground in Provincetown on April 3rd. This is the second confirmed domestic violence homicide in the past month involving a gay male couple. There is at one additional male on male homicide in the same period that may also be determined to be a gay male domestic violence homicide in the future once more facts are known about the case. Read full story.

Groundbreaking Discussion about Domestic Violence in the Black Queer Community

That was the topic of conversation during a groundbreaking roundtable discussion hosted by GMDVP in collaboration with black gay community leaders.

“There is such a lack of basic research, commentary, and resources afforded to the LGBT survivor population,”  said Iain Gill, GMDVP’s education director, who moderated the discussion entitled “Domestic Violence in the Black Queer Community,” adding, “When coupled with issues around white privilege and race, barriers to accessing services only become wider.”

The facilitated conversation took place on Thursday evening, Feb. 17, at Boston-based Fenway Health. More than 75 people attended. Read more.

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a fundraiser celebrating healthy relationships through the harmony of music

at the Providence Biltmore Hotel
on Saturday, February 12 from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Tickets are $35, includes complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar

For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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