After the racist and homophobic assault on Jussie Smollett in Chicago on Tuesday morning, leaders from the LGBTQ and black communities are planning a rally to face in solidarity with the Empire actor in New York City.
According to a press launch from the New York City Anti-Violence Project, organizers from the undertaking, Voices of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL) and Queerocracy, together with many different supporting organizations, are staging a rally at Manhattan’s Grand Army Plaza on Friday night.
“The racist and homophobic assault of Jussie Smollett highlights the worry of violence and loss of life that LGBTQ+ individuals of colour are compelled to reside with every single day,” the assertion reads. “As a group, we name for justice for #JussieSmollet.”
Along with supporting Smollett after his assault, the organizers of the occasion known as for justice for Pinky, a transgender lady of colour who was shot at a fuel station in Houston. “Black trans ladies are significantly in danger — final week, Pinky, a younger black trans lady was shot exterior a comfort retailer in Houston,” the assertion mentioned. The sufferer is at the moment recovering in a Houston hospital.
According to the Chicago Police Department, Smollett was approached by two masked people round 2 a.m. Tuesday morning. The assailants hurled racist and homphobic slurs at Smollett, earlier than beating him, pouring an “unknown chemical substance” on his physique and tying a noose round his neck. Smollett transported himself to Northwest Hospital in Chicago and is at the moment recovering.
The suspects within the case have but to be apprehended. Police are at the moment combing by way of hours of safety footage within the surrounding space of the place Smollett was attacked looking for video proof of the assault. Police have additionally launched images of two people strolling within the surrounding space in an try and find and query them concerning the assault.
The Solidarity Rally for Jussie Smollett will happen at Grand Army Plaza in Manhattan on Friday at 5 p.m. ET.