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Set designer and prop stylist by day, gun law activist by night, Kevin Hertzog is tired of seeing mass shootings and massacres pile up. As an organizer with Gays Against Guns (GAG), Hertzog is committed to breaking the gun industry’s chain of death.
“It’s a life or death issue, and it deserves this level of action,” Hertzog told NewNowNext.
GAG was formed in the aftermath of the Pulse nightclub shooting where 49 mostly LGBTQ people were killed on June 12, 2016. Several friends came together and formed a space for members of the community to turn heartache, anger, and outrage into action.
While GAG can be seen marching in Pride and Halloween parades, sometimes the group feels moved to rent a bus, go to Washington, and meet face-to-face with the NRA or NRA-back policymakers.
Hertzog says he is inspired by the Parkland, Florida students who survived the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School earlier this year. He’s moved by how the students have been mobilizing and protesting corporations who donate to the NRA.
“Those kids decided enough was enough,” Hertzog told NewNowNext. “Those students were smoking hot out of the gate. They tackled it. I was so impressed with the breadth of their knowledge. They are remarkable.”
Hertzog invites any person—gay or straight—who is passionate about creating a safer future with sensible gun laws to join GAG.
Watch Logo’s full interview with Hertzog below.