Anti-gay violence is a still huge problem across the country, and Memphis is no exception. Though many physical attacks on LGBT Memphians likely go unreported, the media picks up on the occasional story of anti-gay or anti-transgender violence.
Take for example the case of Duanna Johnson, who was beaten by former Memphis Police officer Bridges McRae in 2008. Or Randi Foster, a 12-year-old straight, Hernando Middle School student who was beaten in November because her peers thought she had a "boy name."
A little self-defense training could come in handy for the local LGBT community, which is why the Memphis Gay & Lesbian Community Center (892 S. Cooper) is hosting a free Krav Maga workshop on Friday, December 10th at 6 p.m. Krav Maga is an Israeli hand-to-hand combat method that involves wrestling, grappling, and striking techniques. The workshop is hosted by the Krav Maga Center of Memphis.