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A christmas Carol sing-along fundraiser
For this fundraiser, WWTNS? partnered with Sing Out, Louise! to host a Christmas Carol Sing-Along Fundraiser pro-benefit Gays Against Guns. The carolers all met at Washington Square Park and then moved on to the Union Square Holiday Market spreading around their holiday cheers with their parody versions of well-known carols.
Gays Against Guns NY is an inclusive direct action group of LGBTQ people and their allies committed to nonviolently breaking the gun industry's chain of death—investors, manufacturers, the NRA and politicians who block safer gun laws.
In October 2017, some members of Gays Against Guns began writing Christmas carols about gun violence for an action called GAG Nog. They had written about a dozen songs when the unthinkable happened—Trump was elected. They quickly turned our brains to music that captured our mood and survived that very bleak December belting “Donny the Con Man” at Christmas markets around New York. By the fall of 2017, they decided to spin-off from GAG. The Reflex became Sing Out, Louise! That may seem odd as a resistance credo, a line from a Broadway show, but to them, it resonates: Get out there—make your voice heard! And that’s what we’re all about.
Gays Against Guns is New York-based but works with GAG chapters in other cities to ensure safety for all individuals, particularly vulnerable communities such as people of color, women, people who struggle with mental health issues, LGBTQ people and religious minorities. GAG condemns white supremacy, all instances of excessive force by police, and police militarization.
Gays Against Guns meets every other Thursday at 7 pm at NYC's LGBT Center (208 W. 13th St). All who want to fight for better gun laws are welcome.