Today, the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) released guidance on a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) to inform the intimate partner and sexual violence field about the new nondiscrimination grant condition within the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013 to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, an queer (LGBTQ) survivors from discrimination.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) has learned of the intimate partner homicide of Kurtland Ma in West Hollywood, California. According to local media sources, Ma was discovered, stabbed to death, on Saturday, March 29th in apartment he shared with his boyfriend, Andre Damiane Davids. Davids has since been arrested and is being held in connection with Ma's death.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) supports actions happening across the country on April 5th 2014 as a part of the Not 1 More Deportation Campaign, coordinated by the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, to demand an end to the record breaking numbers of deportations of undocumented immigrants. On April 5th, 2014 it is expected that two million immigrants will have been deported under the Obama Administration, more deportations than any other administration. NCAVP joins our voices to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer organizations supporting the Not 1 More campaign, through the leadership of Southerners on New Ground (SONG).
The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) has learned of an anti-gay hate language incident that occurred last February 22nd of 2013, and is only now becoming known due to a lawsuit. According to media sources, Rasean Tate, a food server employed by a catering company, was setting up a buffet in the visitor's locker room at Barclays Center when he was harassed with anti-gay slurs by Houston Rockets basketball team players. Tate has filed a lawsuit that names the Houston Rockets and Levy Restaurant Holdings, his former employer. The Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center are not named in the lawsuit.
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