Protest planned in Decatur after anti-LGBTQ attacks

Macon County Courthouse. Photo by Dave Wright. Used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Two attacks against LGBTQ people in Macon County in recent months have pushed the local community to protest in Decatur next week.

The protest will be at the Macon County Courthouse in Decatur, where the accused attacker of one of the women will be appearing in court.

Braxton Bunch, a black transgender woman, at her job in Forsyth two weeks ago, according to WAND-TV. This is the second reported anti-LGBTQ hate crime in Macon County in recent months. In February, a gay man was attacked in his own home by someone who said “You know why I have to do this. You’re gay. You’re evil… I’m going to kill you.”

Bunch’s alleged attacker, Scott Collins of Decatur, is out on bond and to appear in court June 17 at 1:30pm in courtroom 1.

The protest outside the Macon County Courthouse will be from 12:45-2:45 p.m. Speakers, musicians, poets, and others are invited from 1-2 p.m. Priority will be given to QPOC performers.

Organizations supporting the protest include Central Illinois Democratic Socialists Association, Decatur Pride, Black Lives Matter SPI and The Decatur Defense Action.