On May 24th, a young man was beaten by three other young men. Police say the attack was prompted because the three thought the victim was gay. On Wednesday, May 25th, we rallied in downtown St. Cloud, near where the attack happened to support the victim, to show the GLBT community that they do have support in our town, and to show everyone that violence is not acceptable.
Three friends read about the attack on Wednesday morning, and decided a response was needed. We posted an event on Facebook, and reached out to friends and GLBT support groups. We thought we might get 20 people to attend. At the start of the rally there were about 60, and it grew to about 130 people by then end. We had good coverage from the local media, and it was picked up by the AP and published in quite a few other locations.