Around 50 rallied Tuesday to show they will not tolerate hate crimes, not only in Pueblo but around the world.
The concerned Puebloans gathered at Sister Cities Plaza in Pueblo holding up signs.
The goal of the rally was to raise awareness about hate crimes against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people all over the world.
They also wanted to honor those who have fallen at the hands of hate, especially those in the LGBTQ community. They remembered a woman from their Sister City of Puebla, Mexico. The 28-year-old was killed in a hate crime for being transgender. They honored the bravery of Agnes Torres Sulca, and hope to push the government there to prosecute this as a hate crime, in order to for justice to be served.
Organizers wanted to show people that hate crimes are real and they happen not only in your own backyard, but around the globe. They want to remind people that they happen everywhere and affect everyone.
"If something happens to something based on their race, their gender, their sexual identity or their religion, it stands to ostracize everyone within that same community. It's threatening to a lot of people,” said Daneya Esgar, Colorado Progressive Coalition.
Many signed a poster with Sulca’s face on it. They plan on sending to their sister city to show they stand in solidarity.
“Although the magnitude of the pain belongs to the victim, when someone commits a hate crime it does not just affect the person who was attacked, or just the group that person belongs to; it affects us all. It sends a message that being different, even slightly outside the norm, is not tolerated. Hates crimes send the message that some people matter more than others and in a world filled with thousands of diverse populations, this is a threat to our humanity,” said Rachel Donohue-Dupler, CPC member.
The rally was made possible by the Colorado Progressive Coalition, Southern Colorado Equality Alliance, and Posada.