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Activists march after gay man’s beating

Kenni Shaw, gay news, Washington Blade, Baltimore, hate crime

Kenni Shaw (Photo courtesy of Shaw via Instagram)

A march to protest the beating of Kenni Shaw, 30, an African-American gay man, and violence directed toward the LGBT community in general took place on Jan. 5. It included a diverse group of about 50 activists and officials.

Shaw was attacked from behind by at least five men on Christmas night as he left an East Baltimore liquor store. He sustained bruises to his face and body from the beating that lasted for more than 10 minutes. Nothing was stolen from Shaw, who has said the assault was a hate crime.

Following the march that began on N. Gay Street, a rally was held in front of the liquor store near where the beating occurred.

Baltimore City Police Commissioner Anthony Batts addressed the crowd and announced the department will establish an advisory board to meet regularly with LGBT people.

“We wanted to go into the neighborhood and look at the faces in the crowd and say no matter if we’re gay or not, we can live here, we can walk here, and we will not be intimidated,” Kinji Scott, one of the organizers of the march told the Blade. “And when you beat us down, we will stand up.”

Marcus Evans, 26, was arrested in connection with the beating of Shaw and has been charged with 1st and 2nd degree assault.


Trans woman killed in Baltimore

Kelly Young, gay news, Washington Blade, transgender, murder

Kelly Young (Image via YouTube)

On April 3, Kelly Young, 29, a transgender woman, was found shot at her home at 2200 block of Barclay Street in East Baltimore. She later died at a local hospital.

Baltimore City Police said it’s too early in the investigation to determine if the crime was connected to the victim’s gender identity or whether it was a hate crime. Police have no suspects.

“The neighborhood embraced her—boys and girls, straight or gay she was embraced,” the trans woman’s sister Monique Mack told television station WMAR. “It wasn’t always a smooth road but I will say it was more smooth than not.”

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Maryland (GLCCB) issued a statement deploring the crime. It urges “the Baltimore City Police Department and local government to move swiftly and proactively in identifying Ms. Young’s assailant(s) and bringing them to justice.”

Anyone with information about the shooting death of Kelly Young should call the Baltimore City Police Homicide Division at 410-396-2100.