SEATTLE — “Take Back the Night” was the message on Capitol Hill Friday.
Dozens started the march at the corner of Roy and Broadway.
It was a peaceful march through the areas of Capitol Hill that have been hit by violence.
“When the sun goes down it’s lawless down here,” said Social Outreach Seattle spokesman Shaun Knittel.
They are hurt by the hate.
“There has been an anti-gay sentiment that has crept into the neighborhood,” said Knittel.
Capitol Hill known for its rich diversity including a large LGBT community is the last place some would expect homophobic slurs.
“People that I know and love have experienced people following them yelling things at them saying hateful things,” said Stansbery.
Social Outreach Seattle says they have heard of more cases of crime against gays and lesbians ever since same sex marriage became legal in Washington.
“The gay rights movement has accelerated lately and you are seeing push back from that,” said Knittel.
But it’s not just hurtful words they are concerned about but it’s violent attacks and not just on the LGBT community.
“The frequency of robberies that has been happening especially nighttime, there has to be a lot of movement to make it safer in the hill,” said resident Alex Rowley.
From the all out brawls outside of bars to random beatings residents say it’s time to take back the night and their city.
“Take care of yourself, take care of others and report crime,” said Knittel.
Some say the answer is not a cop at every corner but rather more awareness and compassion. In the meantime the warning as the campaign reads
“No one walks alone.”
On Friday they were not just walking alone, they were marching for a better tomorrow.