NCAVP Urges Support for the Equality Act

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), a coalition of 50 LGBTQ anti-violence organizations across the country, supports the Equality Act and urges Congress to pass H.R. 5. The Equality Act is a crucial step toward LGBTQ liberation, introduced by Representatives David Cicilline (D-RI) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), and Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ).

The Equality Act of 2019 amends the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, in addition to race, color, religion, or national origin, as protected identity factors. The bill forbids discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and sex stereotypes for all public services and accommodations.

While other proposed anti-discrimination legislation address single topics such as housing, education, public accommodations, and juror protection separately, The Equality Act takes a more comprehensive approach in protecting against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, the Equality Act would protect against discrimination from retail stores, transportation, pharmacies, legal services, banks, and emergency shelters.

Despite some progress in the movement for LGBTQ equality, people who identify as LGBTQ still face interpersonal and institutional oppression that limits their socioeconomic mobility and ability to access various public services. Discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is prevalent for LGBTQ people in all aspects of public life—from housing and healthcare to employment and education—and limits the success, empowerment and overall health of the LGBTQ community.

Here are a few examples of the type of discrimination that restricts the social mobility and general wellbeing of LGBTQ people, making it more challenging to pursue safe and fulfilling lives:

  • Nearly 1 in 3 transgender Americans reported being denied equal treatment in a retail store, while 1 in 5 reported unequal treatment at a restaurant or a hotel.
  • One survey found that more than half of LGBT middle and high school students do not feel safe at school due to their sexual orientation, and over one-third feel unsafe in relation to their gender expression.
  • 23% of respondents experienced some form of housing discrimination in the past year, such as being evicted from their home or denied a home or apartment because of being transgender.
  • In 2015, 39% of non-binary people and 34% of transgender men and women reported receiving negative treatment on public transportation.
  • 30% of respondents who had a job in the past year reported being fired, denied a promotion, or experiencing some other form of mistreatment in the workplace related to their gender identity or expression, such as being harassed or attacked.

There is an indivisible connection between discrimination and harassment of LGBTQ people in the public sphere and more severe acts of violence against and within the community. Hate violence and discrimination often serve as risk factors for interpersonal violence in LGBTQ relationships. Research shows that prolonged discrimination and prejudice against historically marginalized communities causes chronic stress, and can exacerbate situations of intimate partner violence. Further, preventing discrimination in housing, employment, banks, and elsewhere enables to survivors to more safely access supportive survivors after experiencing violence.

Jaime M. Grant, Lisa A. Mottet, and Justin Tanis, “Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey” (Washington: National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, 2011), available at http://www.thetaskforce.org/ downloads/reports/reports/ntds_full.pdf.

Joseph G. Kosciw. “The 2013 National School Climate Survey” (Washington: GLSEN, 2014), available at http://glsen.org/nscs

James, S. E., Herman, J. L., Rankin, S., Keisling, M., Mottet, L., & Anafi, M. (2016). The Report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey. Washington, DC: National Center for Transgender Equality.

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Barrett, B. (March 2015). “Domestic Violence in the LGBT Community.” Encyclopedia of Social Work.

NCAVP mourns the death of Jazzaline Ware, a Black trans woman in Memphis, Tennessee

NCAVP mourns the death of Jazzaline Ware, a Black trans woman, who was found dead in her Memphis apartment in March. According to the Transgender Law Center and local activists, Southerners on New Ground, Jazzaline’s death is being investigated as a homicide, but more information is not known.

Kayla Gore, southern regional organizer for Transgender Law Center at Southerners On New Ground shared that Jazzaline’s death occurred against a backdrop of state-sponsored discrimination and urged the public to fight discriminatory policy, stating, “When our elected officials shout from the mountain tops that trans and gender nonconforming people should have less access to public resources and fewer rights as cisgender people, anti- trans violence increases.  Right now, our community in Memphis is mourning the death of Jazzaline Ware, a Black trans woman and beloved friend. Trans women of color, especially Black trans women, are the targets of violence on the streets simply for existing. For that to change, the Slate of Hate must be stopped in the capitol building in Nashville.”

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP member. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilingual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

NCAVP Statement in Support of the Re-Authorization of VAWA

The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), a coalition of more than 50 LGBTQ anti-violence organizations across the country, urges Congress to pass the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019, H.R. 1585.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) remains the only piece of federal legislation that includes explicit civil rights protections for LGBTQ communities. VAWA focuses on preventing and responding to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. These protections have altered the landscape for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer (LGBTQ) survivors – particularly for those who experience marginalization based on more than one identity – by increasing access to essential survivor services  and setting a precedent for civil rights protections in future legislation.

Research shows that LGBTQ people experience high rates of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, stalking, and dating violence and far too many of these survivors are not able to access supportive services. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC)’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey: 2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation, 44% of lesbian women, 61% of bisexual women, 37% of bisexual men and 26% of gay men have experienced rape, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lives. Research on transgender communities is still limited, but the data that does exist shows that upwards of 50% of transgender people will experience intimate partner violence at some point in their lives. Most recently, NCAVP reported that 37% of LGBTQ intimate partner violence cases included heterosexist or anti-LGBTQ bias.

These high rates of violence are often caused and exacerbated by a lack of LGBTQ affirming prevention and support. VAWA has increased the accessibility of resources for LGBTQ programs, and established opportunities for other programs to receive training and technical assistance so they can better serve LGBTQ survivors. Without this funding, LGBTQ survivors and other underserved communities would be harmed in even greater numbers.

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 affirms current protections for LGBTQ and other underserved communities and provides enhanced data collection. In addition, the bill also includes:

  • Provisions to protect Native survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, and dating violence and ensure that they can access the justice they deserve;
  • Protections from abusive partners with dangerous weapons;
  • Improved protections for survivors in federal public, subsidized and assisted housing; and
  • Increased funding for sexual violence prevention and education programs.

This bill reflects the field’s commitment to ensuring that all survivors have access to services and care when experiencing intimate partner violence, sexual violence, stalking, and dating violence. As a result of a fully inclusive VAWA being re-authorized, more survivors will have access to necessary life-saving services, and supporting the needs of all survivors will be affirmed as a national priority.

To express your support for this vital piece of legislation, call your Representatives today and encourage them to sponsor H.R. 1585, and call your Senators to ask that they introduce a bill with the same provisions of H.R. 1585.

ncavp condemns trump’s transgender military ban

On Tuesday, the United States Supreme Court voted to temporarily allow the Trump administration’s ban on most transgender individuals serving in the military to go into effect while the lawsuits challenging the ban move forward. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP) strongly condemns the transgender military ban and such attacks against the transgender community.

The first public news of a transgender military ban came by way of the President’s social media in July 2017 and was later formalized by former Secretary of Defense James Mattis. The policy, released in 2018, confirmed that the military would no longer allow anyone who identifies with a gender different from the one assigned at birth to serve. Under the new policy, the military would also not pay for transgender affirming medical care. Several law suits have been filed challenging the discriminatory policy and in several cases, lower courts granted injunctions to block the policy, meaning that transgender recruits could join the armed forces, and those already enlisted could stay.

All injunctions from the lower courts have been overruled by the Supreme Court except for one, which will likely be overruled soon, allowing the ban to go into effect while the lawsuits proceed in the courts. Notably, the Supreme Court typically waits to address a case until a lower court issues a ruling. This week, the Court has circumvented this timeline and has issued this order while lower courts are deciding their positions.

Excluding transgender people from serving in the military is one more example of the persistent discrimination transgender people experience in employment, housing, healthcare and education. The current administration’s continued attacks on the transgender community, in particular, are unacceptable and contribute to a culture of violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people and all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people. NCAVP works to prevent and end all forms of violence against and within the LGBTQ community and considers this military ban to be a dehumanizing and violent act of discrimination.

NCAVP mourns the death of Vongell Lugo, a 36 year-old gay man in Washington, D.C.

NCAVP mourns the death of Vongell Lugo, a 36 year-old gay man who is the first reported LGBTQ homicide linked to intimate partner violence in 2019.  According to media reports, Vongell was stabbed to death in his home by his partner, U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Collin J. Potter, 26, who was arrested and has been charged by the U.S. Attorney with second degree murder.

Vongell was a successful retail executive, who is described as “a kind soul, the center of the party, and a beacon of light that made an impact on everyone he came into contact with,” on Caring Bridge, which also has information on events to commemorate Vongell’s life, mourn his passing, and contribute to expenses.  Events included a candlelight vigil on Friday, January 11th, a viewing on Sunday, January 13th, and funeral services Monday, January 14th.

NCAVP’s latest report, issued earlier this week, Hate Violence and Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ and HIV-affected Communities in 2017 highlights the LGBTQ people’s risk for severe and fatal intimate partner violence, as well as hate violence.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against and within our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP member. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilingual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

NCAVP mourns the death of Dana Martin, a 31 year-old Black trans woman in Montgomery, Alabama

NCAVP mourns the death of Dana Martin, a 31 year-old Black trans woman in Montgomery, Alabama, the first transgender homicide victim of 2019.  According to news reports, Dana was shot while driving her car, and died from the wound. Police have no leads, but are continuing to investigate.  NCAVP’s latest report, issued earlier this week, Hate Violence and Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQ and HIV-affected Communities highlights the disproportionate risk for severe and fatal violence faced by trans women of color, like Dana.

Daroneshia Duncan-Boyd, founder of Transgender Advocates Knowledgeable Empowering, shared in an interview that Dana  “was a person that was loved by many, and you can see it all over Facebook.”

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP member. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilingual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

NCAVP Opposes the Nomination of William Barr for Attorney General

OPPOSE THE NOMINATION OF WILLIAM BARR

TO BE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES

On behalf of The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), we are writing to express our opposition to the nomination of William Barr to serve as Attorney General of the United States. NCAVP is a national coalition comprised of over 50 local and affiliate organizations working to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence within and against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities.

As the nation’s top law enforcement officer and leader of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the Attorney General is responsible for safeguarding our civil and constitutional rights. That is a core and enduring mission of the Justice Department, and the nation needs and deserves an Attorney General who is committed to that mission and to our country’s ongoing progress toward equal justice and racial equality.  The Attorney General must also operate with integrity and independence in service to the people, not the president.

Furthermore, the DOJ includes the Office of Violence Against Women which oversees funding for survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual assault through the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). LGBTQ people experience alarming rates of violence and for these survivors, supportive and restorative services are even harder to access than for many of their non-LGBTQ counterparts. VAWA is the only piece of federal legislation that protects the civil rights of LGBTQ survivors, and it is vital that we have an Attorney General who will uphold and honor the VAWA.

Mr. Barr has a troubling record on a number of civil rights issues, including LGBTQ rights and other intersecting issues such as justice system reform, reproductive justice, and immigrant rights. For example, Mr. Barr ignored suggestions made by the Department of Health and Human Services and asserted that HIV-positive immigrants should be barred from entering the United States. In addition, Mr. Barr has promoted anti-LGBTQ ideologies in his own work, an indication that he would continue the deeply disturbing anti-LGBTQ and anti-civil rights policies and priorities of the past two years.

In Legal Issues in a New Political Order, Mr. Barr wrote, “It is no accident that the homosexual movement, at one or two percent of the population, gets treated with such solicitude while the Catholic population, which is over a quarter of the country, is given the back of the hand.” He went on to refute “the effort to apply District of Columbia law to compel Georgetown University to treat homosexual activist groups like any other student group,” asserting “This kind of law dissolves any form of moral consensus in society.” The widespread promotion of such harmful ideologies further contributes to and exacerbates the current climate of hatred and discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

For the past two years, the Justice Department has been led by an Attorney General intent on restricting civil and human rights at every turn. Attorney General Jeff Sessions used his office to carry out dehumanizing immigration policies and the reinvigoration of the “war on drugs,” both of which have a disproportionately negative impact of LGBTQ communities, especially LGBTQ people of color, who are routinely over-policed and discriminated against. Session advanced an extreme, anti-civil rights agenda for decades in the U.S. Senate. In a recent op-ed, Mr. Barr called Mr. Sessions “an outstanding attorney general” and offered praise for his policies, many of which undermined civil rights, including those of transgender people. The Justice Department and the nation need an Attorney General who will prioritize the people of this country and the enforcement of our federal civil rights laws.

Confirming William Barr as Attorney General is putting the LGBTQ community, amongst many other groups experiencing institutionalized marginalization, at grave risk. People in the United States deserve an Attorney General who will promote racial equality, vigorously enforce our federal civil rights laws, and fight discriminatory barriers for the most systematically oppressed among us.

National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP). (2018). Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and HIV-Affected Hate and Intimate Partner Violence in 2017. New York, NY.

https://www.nytimes.com/1991/05/28/us/health-dept-loses-in-aids-rule-dispute.html

  William P. Barr (1995) “Legal Issues in a New Political Order,” The Catholic Lawyer: Vol. 36 : No.1,                 Article 2.

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 https://civilrights.org/trump-rollbacks/.

  https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/jeff-sessions-can-look-back-on-a-job-well-   done/2018/11/07/527e5830-e2cf-11e8-8f5f-a55347f48762_story.html?utm_term=.6996b10fe367.

 

AVP Learns of Hate Violence Incident in Times Square

AVP has learned of an anti-gay hate violence incident in Times Square. According to reports, a young woman was punched from behind in an attack that fractured her spine by a man who called her an anti-gay slur. The woman was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where she was treated for a fractured spine, police said.

The man, who is believed to be in his 50s, approached the 20-year-old victim on the Manhattan-bound E train near the Forrest Hills station on Nov. 30, the NYPD said. The man is described as about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and 220 pounds. His image is captured in video acquired by NBC New York.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP member. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilingual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

NCAVP Mourns The Death Of Brendon Michaels, a 43 year-old White Gay Man, In Baltimore, MD

NCAVP mourns the death of Brendon Michaels, a 43 year-old white gay man in Baltimore, Maryland. Police officers and firefighters found Brendon Michaels inside his home in Midtown Baltimore on Nov. 8. His death was ruled a “homicide from trauma.” Brendon’s alma mater and long-time employer, Carroll Community College, has created a fund in Michaels’ memory. “Our dear friend and colleague brightened the lives of so many and we know he would love to brighten the lives of Carroll students. We will miss him dearly,” reads the tribute.

If you have any information on Michaels’ murder please call the Baltimore Police Department at 410-396-2100 or send a message to its text-for-tip line at 443-902-4824.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP member. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilingual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

NCAVP Mourns The Death Of Tydi, A Transgender Woman, in Baltimore, MD

NCAVP mourns the death of Tydi, a transgender woman from Baltimore, Maryland. According to local news reports, Tydi’s body was found shortly after being shot.  The Baltimore Transgender Alliance (BTA) identified Tydi in a Facebook post stating,  “We deeply mourn the passing of Tydi and send our condolences to her family, friends, and the entire transgender and gender non-conforming community throughout Maryland and beyond.” The BTA will hold a vigil in Tydi’s honor Friday, Nov. 30 at a location and time to be announced.

Tydi’s death is being investigated as a homicide. Police are requesting anyone with information contact the police homicide office at 410-396-2199 or send a text tip at 443-902-4824.

We know it can be hard to read these reports of violence against our communities. If you need support in these difficult times, you can always reach out to your local NCAVP member. If you or someone you know is experiencing violence, you can reach our free bilingual national hotline at 212-714-1141 or report online for support.

NCAVP works to prevent, respond to, and end all forms of violence against and within lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected communities. NCAVP is a national coalition of local member programs and affiliate organizations who create systemic and social change. NCAVP is a program of the New York City Anti-Violence Project.