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LGBT group educates youths especially prone to stop-and-frisk


NEW YORK (PIX11) - Among the thousands of New Yorkers who take issue with the way the NYPD singles them out in their own neighborhood, the members of this demographic are certainly in the minority.

But Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender teens and young adults of color say their beloved West Village is not the safe haven it was in the past, and is now a hot spot for questionable or even illegal NYPD stop-and-frisk encounters.

Stop-and-Frisk City: Does Bloomberg Really Care About Kids' Safety?

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Earlier this month, U.S. District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin found New York City's controversial stop-and-frisk policing practices unconstitutional, ordered immediate reforms and appointed a monitor to oversee them. Mayor Michael Bloomberg responded in a press conference that afternoon, claiming that Judge Scheindlin's reforms would have a negative impact on the safety of New York families. "I worry for my kids and I worry for your kids," Bloomberg said. To his critics, it was a statement that exemplified the glaring disparity between the mayor's rhetoric and his actual policy regarding the welfare of children.

Men Say Officers Used Anti-Gay Slurs During Confrontation In Brooklyn



NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A nasty confrontation between three young gay men and police — which was caught on video — was the subject of an angry news conference outside One Police Plaza on Tuesday afternoon.


Gay rights groups and anti-violence activists, including openly gay City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-25th), denounced what they say is increasing harassment of the LGBT community by the NYPD, and called this latest incident unacceptable, 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported.


“It is the police’s job to defend our community, not to attack our community,” Dromm said.

Illusions of Safety: Policing Hate Crimes Won't Make Us Safer

Today, I feel sad in my bones because it could have been me, or someone I care about. It might be the next time. This thought haunts my mind. The night that Marc was murdered, I was walking around the West Village--oblivious to what would later happen--totally lost in a false feeling of safety in a neighborhood where for the first time at the age of 19, I openly held the hand of a girlfriend in public. I was lost in a false feeling of safety because I'm not always read as queer, and like many LGBTQ people, I believed the illusion that we're safer in New York City.

Why New York City Needs an Anti-Profiling Bill to Protect LGBTQ New Yorkers



New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly have indicated that they do not believe in bias-based policing. If this is true, then why the resistance to Intro. 800-A, a bill that would prohibit bias-based profiling by law enforcement officers? Currently, New York City already has laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion and national origin; however, discrimination protections do not extend to categories of age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, immigration status, disability or housing status. And the current rules lack an enforcement mechanism, which would be added by the new bill.


NYPD's 'Stop And Frisk' Policy Angers LGBT Advocacy Groups




A number of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy groups sounded off on allegations that people of color were being targeted by the New York Police Department's controversial "stop and frisk" policy, the Center For Constitutional Rights is reporting.


New York City Anti-Violence Project, the Audre Lorde Project, FIERCE, Make the Road NY and Streetwise & Safe were inside of the courtroom where the federal lawsuit Floyd vs. City of New York was being heard.


A member of FIERCE spoke personally about how transgender and queer people are affected by stop and frisk and are often profiled with the assumption of being a sex worker.