Baltimore has seen over 300 homicides each year for the past four years. This year there have already been over 200 recorded homicides. This epidemic affects all of Baltimore and the LGBTQ community is no exception. Violence affects our community in multiple ways including the murders of black and brown trans women and youth suicide from bullying and family rejection.

Hands Across Baltimore is a public awareness action to call attention to violence and promote unity in Baltimore. On August 3rd, from 6 to 7 pm, Baltimore Ceasefire and Hug Don’t Shoot will sponsor Hands Across Baltimore, an event based on the 1986 Hands Across America event. The event will provide an opportunity for residents to join hands from Hilton Street to Milton Street along North Avenue.

Baltimore’s LGBTQ community will be represented at the intersection of North Avenue and Charles Street. You are encouraged to come with signs, chants and noise to ensure our community’s concerns and experiences are included in the image and the anti-violence plan for Baltimore. For more info, visit the Facebook event page at Bit.ly/2Zlb6Dd.

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