LGBTQ Rights

  • Acknowledge and forcefully address the increased violence and barriers to healthcare and employment faced by Black, Indigenous, and other Trans women of color. #BlackTransLivesMatter
  • Increase city funding for existing identity-affirming LGBTQ health centers, and work to dismantle the racial biases and barriers that are common in health care — even in LGBTQ spaces.
  • Continue to honor and reclaim the erased history of Black and Brown queer, Trans, and Lesbian leaders like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Audre Lorde, Yvonne Flowers, and Bayard Rustin. This could be done through school curriculum, public events and monuments, etc.
  • Over 30% of NYC’s homeless youth are LGBTQ. We must not leave young people behind in our fight to provide permanent housing for those who are homeless. This means (1) ensuring that homeless youth are eligible for housing vouchers just like adults, and (2) removing requirements for them to spend time in adult shelters, which are often especially dangerous for them, before becoming eligible for housing assistance.
  • Conduct regular audits and investigations to keep tabs on the enforcement of New York’s anti-discrimination laws. On the books, NY bans prejudicial treatment based on sexual orientation or gender expression in areas like education, housing, and public services. But in practice, we need to continuously check up to make those laws are being enforced.
  • Ensure LGBTQ Pride events remain safe, accessible spaces for everyone. In alignment with the original spirit of the Stonewall Riots, that means removing police from all LGBTQ-affirming cultural centers and events receiving city funds. #NoJusticeNoPride