‘Only light and love can drive out darkness and hate’
March photos by Tequila Minsky; other photos by Lincoln Anderson
On Saturday afternoon, Takis Kouvatseas lit a candle in what would soon grow to be a much bigger memorial for Mark Carson at Eighth St. and Sixth Ave. The Cirque du Soleil drummer, who lives nearby on Sixth Ave., said he knew Carson from hanging out with him around the neighborhood in gay bars, like Pieces. Kouvatseas also posted a quote by Martin Luther King: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness…only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate…only love can do that.” Eric Einstein, the owner of Pieces, however, said he actually didn’t recall seeing Carson from his photo. The afternoon after the shooting, police tape was left on a pylon near the scene.
Ribbons to recall hate’s victims In response to the recent spike in anti-gay attacks, St. John’s Lutheran Church on Christopher St. has put up lavender ribbons on its fence, with the names of some of the victims. A black bar at a ribbon’s bottom indicates a fatal attack. Photo by Lincoln Anderson