Standing Up Against Hate Crimes and Sexual Discrimination

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

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.

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  • by Me Location: Here on Mar 29, 2012 at 06:29 AM
    Some of you people who commented should be ashamed of yourselves. This woman is dead along with countless other, and all you can say that being is gay is wrong, when secretly you condone murder in your heart! Show some respect!
  • by Josa Location: Pueblo CO on Mar 28, 2012 at 02:39 PM
    WOW! A woman is dead and all you internet trolls can think of is spreading more hate and bigotry! Way to remind people that hate is still very much alive in Colorado! Same tired old arguments.....
  • by DanReeves Location: The Further on Mar 28, 2012 at 08:44 AM
    Oh come on! KKTV wouldn't post my super funny comment... :( Anywho I'll make this one more sensitive. What instrument is she playing? They need a drum and a flute..
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      by Bill on Mar 28, 2012 at 09:28 AM in reply to DanReeves
      Skin Flute?
  • by His truth on Mar 28, 2012 at 07:54 AM
    Those acts are an abomination, and the obamanation has taken you all down the road to sodom and gomorrah.
  • by Hater on Mar 28, 2012 at 07:42 AM
    I don't like gays.
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      by DanReeves on Mar 28, 2012 at 08:10 AM in reply to Hater
      Lol, who does...?
  • by LOL on Mar 28, 2012 at 06:39 AM
    The way it's written it sounds like a total of about 50 people protested world wide!
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      by DanReeves on Mar 28, 2012 at 08:10 AM in reply to LOL
  • by @carma on Mar 27, 2012 at 11:49 PM
    Thanks for listing everything all at once that does NOT include two consenting adults. Someday someone will do unto you as you have done to them. KARMA.
  • by Carma Location: United States on Mar 27, 2012 at 09:11 PM
    OK SO IS THIS GROUP ALSO STANDING UP FOR "ALL" people who have abnormal sexual desires? People with abnormal desire not limited to SAME SEX but also those with the desire for ANIMALS, THE DEAD, CHILDREN, VIOLENT SEX SUCH AS RAPE? If dscrimination is what they are standing up for then all abnormal sexual desires should be included. Come on the abnormal desire of same sex regardless if you believe in God or not it is what it is and those who are involved in that desire cost the soul of every person they get to accept!
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      by CC on Mar 28, 2012 at 05:41 AM in reply to Carma
      I have to agree with Carma, this is a abnormal behavior and people and should be treated as such, we shouldn't have to act like it OK and Normal for people to have sex with the same sex.
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        by ugh on Mar 28, 2012 at 07:30 AM in reply to CC
        Wow, it must really suck to be you two, so full of bigotry and hate and all. If I were you, I'd just kill myself.
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          by LOL.. on Mar 28, 2012 at 08:06 AM in reply to ugh
          No you wouldn't. You would hate gays and be happy about it...if you where them.
  • by Mr x Location: Se Spgs on Mar 27, 2012 at 09:03 PM
    Did anyone check their green cards?....hate or not,,,I'll not be a part of your hoodie organization ! I'am a member of my own organization.
  • by Eh? Location: C Springs on Mar 27, 2012 at 08:30 PM
    "prosecute this as a hate crime, in order to for justice to be served." proofread. at least pretend you are a professional.
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