We are 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.
We work 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.
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We are the only Gun Violence Prevention group rooted in
GAG was formed several days after the Orlando massacre of 49 LGBTQ+ lives on June 12th, 2016. Several friends came together and formed Gays Against Guns for members of the community to turn heartache, anger, and outrage into action- complacency was no longer an option.
Orlando threw into relief for us the responsibility we have to both our immediate LGBTQ family and to our allies and so we go to work.
Our entry into the long-standing Gun Violence Protection movement happened on June 26th, at NYC Pride, where 750+ people marched with GAG and The Human Beings, which are veiled figures in white who carry the photo of a person killed by gun violence that they are representing. Since then we have been going strong, putting pressure on corrupt politicians, making companies cut ties with the NRA, and even GAGing at gun shows.
WHAT WE DO
As a direct action group, we revolve mainly around putting pressure on those who support and enable to gun industry. This includes organizing marches, rallies, boycotts, and art events in and around NYC. Our Human Beings are figures dressed entirely in white who take the space of a person who died from gun violence. We use them to remind everyone of the human cost of guns in America. We also have a weekly radio show on WBAI discussing topics such as the iron pipeline, the gun industry, and upcoming GAG events.