National & international LGBT organizations including the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, Lambda Legal, the National Black Justice Coalition, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission & GLAAD joined with local LGBTQ organizations to urge New York City legislators to defend historic legislation banning discriminatory police profiling against a veto by Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The passage of the legislation made history just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down DOMA, (Defense of Marriage Act) by creating the first enforceable ban against police profiling based on sexual orientation & gender identity, alongside race, religion, immigration status, age, gender, housing status, disability & HIV status. Shelby Chestnut, Co-Director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project’s Community Organizing & Public Advocacy Department stated, “Police violence is a pervasive problem facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & queer (LGBTQ) people in New York City, who are profiled for their perceived or actual gender identity & sexual orientation. Our clients & community members tell us stories every day about being profiled by police & subjected to harassment, mis-arrest, violence at the hands of the police based on their perceived gender identity, sexual orientation & immigration status. We applaud the City Council for their leadership in ending this discriminatory policing & urge them to override the Mayor’s veto.” Updates to Come…:)
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