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LGBTQ Organizations Urge NYC Council to Override Mayor Bloomberg’s Opposition to Ban Discriminatory NYPD Profiling

From Streetwise & Safe and the New York City Anti-Violence Project, for more info check out the Streetwise & Safe post here!

Dear New York City Council,

We commend the New York City Council for leading the way toward putting an end to
discriminatory policing of all of our communities by passing a comprehensive and enforceable ban on police profiling and establishing independent oversight of the New York City Police Department.

We congratulate New York City for making history by prohibiting police profiling based on sexual orientation and gender identity by law, along with race, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, housing status, immigration status and disability, including HIV status.

From Stonewall to stop and frisk, LGBTQ people – and particularly LGBTQ people of color, LGBTQ youth, and transgender and gender nonconforming people – have long been targets of profiling and other forms of discriminatory policing. The consequences have ranged from death to deportation, assault to arrest, homophobic harassment to humiliation.

Every person, regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity, must be able to walk the streets without fear for their safety, including fear of police profiling and discriminatory policing practices. Profiling – whether it’s based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity – has no place in our society.

We thank you for your courage in protecting our right to safety while protecting our right to be free from discrimination in all its forms, including by police charged with protecting us. We urge you to continue to stand firm with LGBTQ people and communities of color, and to vote against efforts to veto this landmark legislation and turn back the clock on this victory. The safety of LGBTQ New Yorkers depends on it.


Ali Forney Center
Audre Lorde Project
Black and Pink
Brooklyn Community Pride Center
Center on
HIV Law and Policy
United Against Violence
Equity Project
Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network
Gay Mens
Health Crisis
Gay Straight Alliance
Martin Institute
International Gay and
Lesbian Human Rights Commission
Lambda Legal
Latino Commission on AIDS
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center
of New York
Make the Road New York
National Black Justice Coalition
National Coalition of Anti
nce Programs
Center for
Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
New York City Anti
Violence Project
New York State LGBTQ Domestic Violence Network
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Providence Y
outh Student Movement
Queers for Economic Justice
Streetwise and Safe
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund

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