Gay Bisexual Transgender Human Rights Coalition
Vaughn attacked and beaten in New York city
A friend sent me a video that horrified me. It was yet another
attack on a gay male simply for being gay. I again became
outraged that in this day and age in a city that I assumed
was forward thinking and a safe place for all people still
had this kind of ignorance and violence going on.
Geo Vaughn, was born on Oct 12, 1986 in Hoboken, NJ, a small
1 square mile town in the outskirts of NYC, where he later
grew up in poverty. After being abused as a child, he was
later diagnosed with Epilepsy, Bi Polar Disorder, and Obsessive
Compulsive Disorder. Living on his own, and homeless since
the tender age of 14, he became interested in multiple forms
of art, as they were his only escape from the misfortune
he knew to be real.
During his early teen years, Geo decided that instead of
just viewing, and listening to other people's art, he wanted
to create, and manifest it. His career began in 2001, on
the streets of NYC, working at one of the city’s most
prominent nightclubs. After growing fanfare, he later began
hosting his own weekly party at that very same club. Week
after week his creative and controversial ideas, and stage
presence managed to attract enough patrons to fill the club
past maximum capacity. Soon enough both gay and straight
nightclubs were requesting Geo Vaughn to promote, guest
host, or simply appear at their venue. He headlined events
such as "Beach Fest", "Liquid Dream Fridays",
and "Heaven Saturdays", "Blow", and
Later on, he
broke into the industry as an entertainer. He was also featured
in "Next Magazine", "HX Magazine", "SPANK",
"The Advocate Magazine", and in Jan 2008 he graced
the cover of "2bexposed Magazine".
Geo is also known
for serving as noted fashion photographer George Caceres's
muse. George has photographed Geo over a dozen different
times, and has used those images in some of his own ad campaigns,
In Feb 2008,
He co-produced, wrote and released a promotional test debut
single titled "Fuck Like Whoa". It has since received
over 160,000 plays on Myspace.com, and the remix of "FLW"
has received over 70,000 plays. "FLW" also put
Geo Vaughn at the top of the Myspace.com music chart for
7 weeks in a row under 2 different categories. He performed
it at many events in the NYC area, most notably headlining
"Dizzy", a sold out event by Producer "DJ
Larry Tee", who has collaborated with other chart topping
artists such as "Amanda Lepore", and "Princess
On August 24th 2008 Geo asked a group of men for directions
to a club. One of the men informed the others that this
was a gay club it was at that time they starting calling
him names and taunting him which escalated in under a minute
to him being attacked in the streets of New York by these
men. While being punched in the face, chest and ribs he
was knocked to the ground the whole time they were laughing.
Once on the ground they desended on him and continued this
beating stomping and kicking and laughing the whole time.
When the the initial beating ended they stole his cell phone.
Someone was compassionate enough to call 911 and as he is
on the phone with the emergency operator one of the men
see that he is on the phone getting help for his injuries
and the crime that has happened and comes back to confront
him and hits him in the face a few more times.
How much nerve did it take for them to decide first that
it was ok to beat another human in the streets the way that
this young man had been and then to get the audacity to
get upset that he had the nerve to seek help? What does
that say about how mainstream America views the LBGT community?
There are laws on the books that will have people sitting
in jail for this same kind of beating if Geo was a dog,
such laws should be also on the books to apply to all people.
My interview with Geo was brief but aside from this one
person that decided that what was going on I wonder how
many other people decided to turn a blind eye to the senseless
attack of this young man. I find it unfathomable that on
a majorly populated city like New York where people always
know someone is watching that these men didn't seem to care
who saw what. To me it's the mainstream attitude about the
LBGT community that we are a disposable people that made
these attackers feel I can do what I want to him and no
one would care. Geo was not attacked in some dark alley,
some park or some out of the way place. This was in the
streets of New York so yes I find that quite shocking.
New York is one of the cities that does have hate crime
laws in effect and the detectives working on his case are
being instrumental in the capture and the conviction of
There is a Peace Rally that will be held in New York that
will be on September 17th, 2008. It is starting at 3pm and
ending at 6pm. The list of speakers is currently under development
and Kevin Aviance, Geo Vaughn amoung others will be performing
as well. This rally will be held at City Hall Foley Square
in New York. I encourage all residents of the city that
are able to attend. Come let your voices be heard.