Despite a victory in the Supreme Court on Marriage Equality, the reality on the streets is that acceptance will come at a much slower pace. A recent anti-gay hate crime in Crown Heights is yet another reminder that LGBTQ and HIV-affected people face hate motivated violence on a regular basis. It is also a reminder that we must all work even harder to foster a culture citywide that accepts everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
On Thursday, July 9, 2015 elected officials including Senator Jesse Hamilton, Public Advocate Letitia James, Borough President Eric Adams, Councilmember Carlos Menchaca, Assemblymember Maritza Davila and District Leaders Geoffrey Davis and Cory Provost gathered to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community and denounce this heartless crime along with an amazing group of organizations including Empire State Pride Agenda, Gmad Brooklyn, CHUTNEY PRIDE LGBT NYC, LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York, The Brooklyn Community Pride Center, Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE) and Kolot Chayeinu.
A huge thank you to Senator Hamilton for convening everyone in a standing of solidarity along with his announcement to create an LGBTQ Advisory Committee to provide counsel regarding issues of concern to the community on issues including discrimination, civil rights, and public health.