New York’s real-life superheroes fight back against gay bashing
New York has had a veritable “scene” of real-life superheroes since at least 2007. Superheroes Anonymous, originally founded by a Columbia University film student and documentary filmmaker, helped organize the city’s rogue vigilante guardians and give them a structure to team up and fight crime.
A new group called Initiative Collective, led by heroes with names like Dark Guardian, was founded as a nationwide network with chapters in different cities. The New York chapter has been active since roughly 2011. It’s now an eight-person team (seven men, one woman) which patrols the streets to discourage evil, by force if necessary.
After the recent rash of gay-bashing in New York, including the May 18 murder of Mark Carson, the group has announced it will move its focus from Brooklyn to Greenwich Village.
“Violence on its own is wrong, and it’s even worse when a specific group is being targeted,” says Dark Guardian, according to DNAInfo. “We care about everyone, from every walk of life, and we want to keep everybody safe. Our focus now is the Village.”
The Initiative patrols in bullet proofs, weaponized and trained in martial arts. On patrolling in a group, Dark Guardian said “We calm down situations. If there are a bunch of people banded together, [aggressive people] are less likely to become violent.”
The group is also giving a self-defense workshop in Tompskin Square Park July 7 at 4pm. To RSVP, visit their Faceboook page.