Date: Sunday July 18, 2010
Time: 6:00pm-9:00pm
Place: Home Sweet Home Bar
(131 Chrystie St., New York, NY 10002; tel: 212-226-5708).

New York– Lyrical, a hip-hop inspired party to help raise awareness in the fight against homophobia, will be presented by the Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund and Mary Literary, a queer literary quarterly, in cooperation with Home Sweet Home Bar on Sunday, July 18 from 6pm-9pm.

In February 2005, 19-year-old Rashawn Brazell’s life was brutally cut short after he disappeared from his home in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Shortly thereafter, the young man’s dismembered body parts were found in garbage bags strewn throughout the borough of Brooklyn. Though his story was initially refused coverage in most mainstream media outlets, it incited overwhelming responses from bloggers, activists and outraged community members alike.

Larry Lyons, co-founder of the Fund, offers that “This event is not only an opportunity for folks to come together and celebrate, it’s also a chance to remember Rashawn’s legacy and remind each other that the fight to combat homophobia within our community continues.”

Since its inception in April 2005, the Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund has used its website,, its annual Brighter Days gala event, and Speak Out! panel discussion series to educate and provide avenues of action that encourage New Yorkers to join together in the struggle against injustice.

Lyrical will feature drink specials throughout the evening, hip-hop beats by DJ Black Female Executive, and a performance by out-gay rapper LastO. The event will take place from 6pm – 9pm on Sunday, July 18 at Home Sweet Home (131 Chrystie St., New York, NY 10002; tel: 212-226-5708).

A suggested donation at the door of $10 will go to support the Rashawn Brazell Memorial Scholarship which continues to pay tribute to the slain teen’s legacy of academic excellence and selfless service by offering an annual $1500 award to college-bound New York City students committed to the fight against racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of injustice.

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