BUFFALO, NY - The shock of several vicious attacks lately, that many suspect are hate crimes, is bringing people together to find solutions and understanding.
One that's gotten a lot of attention happened early New Year's Day when Lindsay Harmon was stabbed in the eye outside a lesbian nightclub in Buffalo. Some say she was targeted because of her sexual orientation.
An event called, 'United We Stand: A Celebration of Diversity - A Plea for Peace" will be held on Wednesday, January 20th from 7:00-9:00pm at Babeville at Asbury Hall on Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.
The event is free and open to the public. Several elected leaders are expected to attend including Buffalo Mayor, a representative from the Buffalo Police Department and the father of a recent crime victim.
Event organizers say they plan to ask the city for better lighting in Buffalo's Allentown neighborhood, a police surveillance camera and an official police liaison to keep communication lines open with their community.
More information is available on United We Stand Buffalo's Facebook page where supporters can also sign an on-line petition to show support for a Buffalo Police liaison.
A Buffalo Police spokesperson tells us the attack on Lindsay Harmon has not been ruled a hate crime and says the department has maintianed dialogue with the gay and lesbian community since this attack, and will continue to do so.