Friday, August 04, 2006

Hundreds march against hate in S.D.

A big crowd turned out for Friday's march through Hillcrest, San Diego's main gay neighborhood, to protest last week's baseball bat and knife assault of six men as they left the city's gay Pride Festival. One victim, whose skull was bashed in, remains in serious condition.

Openly gay city Councilwoman Toni Atkins addressed marchers in front of the Obelisk bookstore on University Avenue.

This sidewalk (click on any picture to make it larger) in front of the bookstore was the scene of a gay bashing in 1991 that claimed the life of John Wear.

Police Chief William Lansdowne was among several officials, including San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, who addressed the crowd during a rally prior to the march.

Amazing how TV cameras always manage to find the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence no matter how large the crowd.

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