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Gay Community Brings Awareness to Domestic Violence

By: Donnitra Gilbert Email
By: Donnitra Gilbert Email

Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples packed a church sanctuary in Tallahassee, to shed light on domestic violence in the homosexual community.

This comes after the murder of FAMU student Shannon Washington, who Deputies say was stabbed by her girlfriend Starquenishia Palmer, on September 4th.

Yolanda Fairell is told her story of how she, too, was involved in domestic violence. But she says she wasn't the victim.

"Yes, it happens and it's unfortunate like the heterosexual community, we try and cover this up," says Gay Activist Ron Bunting.

Ron Bunting tells me he's a gay activist and was once married with children prior to coming out.

"Same sex relationships are beautiful relationships and what we need to do is take violence out of those relationships, like we need to take them out of heterosexual relationships," says Event Organizer Yolanda Fairell.

According to a study drafted by the University of Wisconsin:

25-33 percent of gay and lesbian couples experience domestic violence.

Each year between 50,000 and 100,000 lesbian women and gay men are battered.

"I want to learn about domestic violence and how you can get help and how can you report it without being scared," says Event Participant Nialah Robinson.

That's the message Fairell says she wants to put out there.


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