NCAVP mourns the death of Ashanti Carmon, a 27-year-old black trans woman in Fairmount Heights, MD

NCAVP mourns the death of Ashanti Carmon, a 27-year-old black trans woman in Fairmount Heights, MD. According to media reports, Ashanti was died of gun shot wounds last Saturday on the eve of Transgender Day of Visibility. Carmon’s fiancé, Phillip Williams, told NBC News that they had been on a movie date the day before she was found dead.

“Until I leave this Earth, I’m going to continue on loving her in my heart, body, and soul,” Williams said. “She did not deserve to leave this Earth so early, especially in the way that she went out. She did not deserve that.”

NCAVP’s latest report, issued earlier this year, 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 Ashanti. Local community held a vigil on April 2 to honor Ashanti’s memory.

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.

Diverse Group of NYC Community Organizations Rally For Hate Violence Prevention

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Media Contact:
Eliel Cruz, Director of Communications, NYC Anti-Violence Project
ecruz@avp.org 
212-714-1184

FOLLOWING RISE IN HATE VIOLENCE, DIVERSE GROUP OF NYC COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS, ELECTED LEADERS DEMAND A NEW STRATEGY

Jewish, Arab-American, LGBTQ, immigrant, Black and Brown communities held a press conference today to announce new initiative that goes beyond policing,
and press for City funding.

NEW YORK CITY, March 27, 2019 – A diverse group of nine New York City community-based organizations, working citywide across identities, rallied at City Hall steps in support of the Hate Violence Prevention Initiative. The initiative calls for City Council funding to support community-based work, coordinated by a coalition of groups, to make New York safer for our communities.

Over 300 hate crimes were reported to the New York Police Department in 2018. However, the city’s response to incidents of hate violence are ineffective, do not prevent crimes, educate or heal communities, and overly relies on policing. Obtaining a resolution to a hate-violence related incident through reporting to the police is insufficient for healing in communities, does not address the underlying tensions and ideologies that lead to hate violence, and increases penalties for hate crimes which are unlikely to deter assailants from committing acts of violence.

When a 12-year-old allegedly chalked swastikas on the playground of PS 139 in Rego Park, Queens a few weeks ago, we opposed a police-driven response with criminal penalties. Instead, we immediately reached out to the school and the community, and held an antisemitism workshop for children in the neighborhood led by a team of professional youth educators. This reflects our commitment to fighting hate violence using strategies that produce the long-term impact, healing, and learning all which we believe will prevent future hate incidents and knit communities closer together.

We believe that hate violence and bias incidents must be prevented in community, not by the police or by prosecutors. Organizations doing work in community to end hate violence not only work with communities to create safety and accountability in the diverse neighborhoods of New York, but are also working toward economic and racial justice for our communities.

The initiative includes the Audre Lorde Project, Arab American Association of New York, Brooklyn Movement Center, the Center for Anti-Violence Education, Desis Rising Up & Moving,, Global Action Project, Make The Road New York, Jews For Racial & Economic Justice, the Center for Anti-Violence Education, and the New York City Anti-Violence Project and would support these organizations to lead:

  • Bystander/upstander intervention trainings to empower community members to ally themselves with victims when an incident of hate or harassment is underway in public.
  • Community-based, culturally competent reporting of hate violence incidents. Marginalized communities feel safest reporting incidents to community-based organizations, which can help them to make a safety plan and determine whether or not they would like to report to law enforcement or another city agency.
  • Community care, including community-led transformative justice processes that focus on challenging and transforming the perspectives of people who do harm in our neighborhoods, as well as counseling and peer support services for survivors of violence.
  • Rapid incident responses that may include community alerts, town hall meetings, neighborhood safety events, and will also create space for targeted school-based and neighborhood education across multiple identities.

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“No group in New York City is immune from the alarming increase in hate crimes here, and all New Yorkers must come together to combat this epidemic.  We need to support the community-based organizations that are on the ground in the impacted communities, ensuring they have the resources to help prevent and respond to the terrible acts of bias impacting so many,” said City Council Member Mark Levine.

“At this urgent juncture in our history, with anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of racist, xenophobic, and homophobic hatred on the rise across the planet, I’m so deeply encouraged to see Jews, Muslims, immigrants, people-of-color, LGBTQ New Yorkers and so many others coming together to combat hate, strengthen compassion across difference, and build a city where all of us can thrive,” said City Council Member Brad Lander.

“At the end of the day, truly addressing hate crimes is not simply a question of law enforcement, it’s about building solidarity between all communities. Acts of hatred and violence cannot be eradicated by force. Building a sense of trust and understanding across our city, and country, is a highly complex and long-term endeavor, but it’s the only real way forward. Thank you to Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and all of its partner organizations for advocating a far more holistic, and ultimately effective, approach,” said City Council Member Helen Rosenthal.

“The Hate Violence Prevention Initiative is an important grassroots effort to prevent and reduce hate violence and bias incidents across New York City. This new initiative recognizes that many vulnerable and marginalized New Yorkers are much more likely to report hate violence and bias incidents to trusted local organizations in their communities than to the police or other law enforcement agencies. The Hate Violence Prevention Initiative will help ensure that survivors of hate violence receive the support they need to heal and recover. And it will give our communities crucial tools and resources for transforming the perspectives of those who cause bias-related harm in our communities,” said Monifa Bandele, a leader of Communities United for Police Reform (CPR).

“When LGBTQ people experience hate violence on the street, at home, or on the job, they want to be sure that the person they report to affirms not only their experience but also their identities. That’s why 282 LGBTQ survivors reported hate violence to AVP’s hotline in 2017 while 325 people across all identities reported hate crimes to the NYPD. Community based organizations, like the New York City Anti-Violence Project, are best positioned to support survivors of violence, and city council must fund us to do this work. We know what we need, and it isn’t more policing,” said Audacia Ray, Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at the New York City Anti-Violence Project.

“The Center for Constitutional Rights stands in solidarity with our community-based partners, who are leading transformative practices without dependence on law enforcement,” said CCR Advocacy Program Manager Nahal Zamani.

“I know my community in Queens. I know that there is kindness and cooperation, and also that there is antisemitism. We need to find solutions that are restorative and preventative. We need to find ways for neighbors to see a path forward where we understand our differences, and stick up for one another anyway. The NYPD can only come in once the damage is done, and too often, an approach that relies on the criminal justice system just creates more pain and resentment. The smart, effective, community-based approach of the Hate Violence Prevention Initiative is exactly what we need in Western Queens,” said Rabbi Rachel Goldenberg, founder of Malkhut and co-chair of the JFREJ Rabbinic Council.

 

NCAVP mourns the death of Camila Díaz Córdova, a transgender woman from El Salvador.

NCAVP mourns the death of Camila Díaz Córdova, a transgender woman from El Salvador who died earlier this month after being deported from the U.S. According to the Washington Blade, one of the few outlets to report on Camila’s death, she was found in a hospital on January 31 with multiple injuries and passed on February 3.

Traditionally, NCAVP monitors hate and intimate partner violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities within the United States. The coalition does not have the capacity, or claim to have expertise, in the global phenomenon that is violence against LGBTQ communities. The NCAVP is tracking this homicide in particular due to the inhumane immigration policies and detention centers that put LGBTQ survivors at risk.

As told to the Washington Blade, Aislinn Odaly’s, an independent LGBTI rights advocate, said that Camila “migrated to the U.S. because of threats that she had received, but she was deported because they didn’t believe her.” The United States enacted further violence to her by both not believing Camila and knowingly deporting her into a violent environment.

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.

Open Letter by LGBTQ, Women & Survivor Advocacy Organizations in Support of Bail Reform

We believe in survivors. And we believe in real bail reform.

Dear New York State Legislators and Governor Cuomo,

As organizations committed to supporting survivors of intimate partner violence, we want to add our voice to the growing call for true, progressive bail reform in New York State. As anti-violence organizations, we support the elimination of money bail and the implementation of a pretrial system that substantially limits pretrial incarceration and ensures due process and individualized justice. We strongly oppose the inclusion of any misdemeanor charges in the net of pretrial detention, including in misdemeanor domestic violence cases. As advocates and people who have been impacted by domestic violence, we know that Black and Latinx, immigrant, LGBTQ, and women survivors are often themselves criminalized and that pretrial incarceration can undermine the safety of survivors.

From our experiences and those of our clients, we know that decades of reliance on the carceral system has had damaging effects. Mandatory arrest laws often ensnare IPV survivors in the criminal legal system and feed mass criminalization and incarceration of communities of color and low-income communities. This turn to policing as the primary strategy to fight intimate partner violence has also left out the voices of marginalized survivors, including women of color, LGBTQ people, and immigrants who often experience further harm at the hands of the police and prison system.

Intimate partner violence can be devastating for survivors, families, and communities. The process of healing from trauma caused by an abusive partner can take years, and survivors often face a variety of consequences related to health and wellness, safety, employment, finances, housing, and relationships with loved ones. In order to truly heal from, and end IPV, we must find solutions to violence that are genuinely healing and not themselves grounded in violence.

We oppose the pretrial incarceration of people accused of misdemeanor domestic violence because:

  • Survivors are often arrested. Mandatory arrest laws and poor primary-aggressor assessments by law enforcement mean that survivors are often arrested instead of – or in addition to – the person engaging in a pattern of abusive partner behavior.
    • In a survey of domestic violence survivors, 1 in 4 women reported they had been arrested or threatened with arrest during a partner abuse incident or while reporting a IPV to the police.
    • The Family Violence Program of the Urban Justice Center in New York City found that survivors of IPV had been arrested in 27% of cases received through their hotline in a two-year period. 85% of survivors arrested had a prior documented history of being subjected to domestic violence, and 85% were injured during the incident that led to their arrest.
  • Pretrial incarceration disproportionately impacts marginalized communities. Survivors who are women of color, low-income, or LGBTQ are far more likely to be arrested for domestic violence. Racialized gender norms inform who is perceived as a survivor by the police and can increase the possibility of arrest for survivors who deviate from these norms. For example, due to racist stereotypes that position Black women as “aggressive,” Black women survivors are more likely to be seen as a perpetrator when they stand up for themselves, regardless of the circumstances and their actual experience of violence. Queer and trans survivors are also more vulnerable to arrest.
    • In a New York City study, 66% of survivors who were arrested alongside or instead of their abusive partner were African American or Latina and 43% were living below the poverty line.
  • Pretrial incarceration puts non-citizen survivors at great risk. Non-citizen survivors who are arrested and incarcerated pretrial are subject to immigration detainers which can result in prolonged immigration detention, deportation and permanent or prolonged family separation following the conclusion of the criminal case.
  • Pretrial incarceration harms children and families. Incarcerated and detained women tend to be primary caregivers. Even a few days of pretrial detention can result in the loss of employment and housing and the initiation of child neglect cases with long-lasting impacts on the financial stability, integrity, and well-being of families.
  • Pretrial incarceration does not keep survivors safe. Research indicates that incarceration often increases risks for domestic violence by decreasing the economic well-being and stability of incarcerated people, increasing risks associated with PTSD and use of violence, and weakening neighborhood and community support systems that people rely on for violence prevention.

The groundswell of support for bail reform and an overhaul of New York State’s pretrial justice system presents a critical opportunity for anti-IPV advocates – and anyone who cares about survivors of IPV and efforts to end IPV – to chip away at the harm caused by our movement’s misguided faith in criminal legal responses to gender-based violence. While we are committed to supporting survivor choice, including the choice to utilize law enforcement, we desperately need solutions that are not rooted in criminalization and incarceration. Pretrial incarceration is not a solution. It perpetuates, rather than alleviates, the violence survivors experience and puts marginalized survivors at great risk. Instead of incarceration, we call on legislators to increase funding for safety planning, emergency shelter, and long-term housing. These are the resources that survivors need.

New York State Legislators, we urge you to stand alongside survivors of intimate partner violence and anti-IPV advocates: pass bail reform that ends money bail and guarantees pretrial liberty for the vast majority of people, including (but not limited to) all people charged with misdemeanors. Allowing an expansive net for pretrial detention does not serve the interests of survivors or our communities at large.

Signed,
Ali Forney Center
Black Lives Matter Hudson Valley
Day One
Girls for Gender Equity
NYC Anti-Violence Project
STEPS to End Family Violence
Violence Intervention Program, Inc.
Women’s Prison Association

For more information, or to sign on, contact Audacia Ray at aray@avp.org

LGBTQ, Women, & Survivor Advocacy Organizations Support The Discovery For Justice Reform Act

STATEMENT BY LGBTQ, WOMEN, AND SURVIVOR ADVOCACY ORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THE DISCOVERY FOR JUSTICE REFORM ACT (S.1716-Bailey/A.1431-Lentol)

New York, NY (Feb. 6, 2019) – Today, five leading LGBTQ, women, and survivor advocacy organizations released the following statement in support of enacting early, open, and automatic discovery reform in New York State.

“As advocates for survivors of violence, including Black and Latinx, immigrant, LGBTQ and gender non-binary New Yorkers, we strongly support urgent reforms to dismantle injustice in our society and end mass incarceration in our state. Specifically, we urge the Legislature to pass and the Governor to sign early, open, and automatic discovery reform legislation (S.1716/A.1431) immediately.

For too long, New Yorkers, including survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual violence, have been criminalized and punished without ever having access to the evidence in their cases. Under New York’s current law, prosecutors are not required to turn over police reports or other crucial information until the eve of trial, making it impossible to prepare a defense. Worse, New York is one of only four states where prosecutors do not have to turn over evidence prior to offering a plea deal. This means that New Yorkers are making critical decisions about their lives without even the basic facts of the case. Like all aspects of the criminal legal system, this injustice disproportionately harms marginalized people, as well as communities targeted by over-policing. It also fails to serve the interests of survivors. There is no justice in wrongful convictions or coerced pleas, and many survivors are themselves criminalized.

Discovery reform does not threaten the safety of survivors of assault and abuse. Nearly every other state in the country has passed discovery reform, leading to greater justice and transparency, and not to witness or victim intimidation. Furthermore, the proposed discovery law has very specific provisions to protect the safety of survivors, in the rare cases where they may be threatened if their information is shared with people facing criminal allegations or the defendant’s attorney. In these cases, judges have the discretion to withhold that information, as very clearly stated in the Discovery for Justice Reform Act. We reject calls by prosecutors for the unilateral power to withhold or redact information that may prove crucial to the defense of criminalized LGBTQ people, women, immigrant, and people of color survivors of violence. Early discovery turnover helps cases to move forward faster and more fairly, an outcome in the interest of survivors and all New Yorkers.

As advocates, we are acutely aware that too often, survivors’ experiences are exploited when prosecutors work to pass laws to give themselves broad discretion and leverage in court, in order to increase convictions, but the people we serve want to move forward with their lives,and economic stability, housing, health care, and trauma-informed services can support them in doing that. Denial of discovery does not serve this purpose. Instead, it increases the unchecked power of prosecutors and contributes to the unjust incarceration of Black and brown people, including women of color, LGBTQ people, and immigrants.

We call on policymakers to stand strong for justice and pass comprehensive discovery reform (S.1716/A.1431) this year.”

Signed,
Ali Forney Center
Center for Anti-Violence Education
Girls for Gender Equity
NYC Anti-Violence Project
STEPS to End Family Violence
Survived and Punished NY
Sylvia Rivera Law Project

NCAVP mourns the death of John Likeness, a 54 year-old white gay man from Menomonie, WI

NCAVP mourns the death of John Likeness, a 54 year-old white gay man from Menomonie, WI, who died from a domestic violence related homicide on December 30, 2018. According to media reports, Likeness died as a result to an injury from a crossbow allegedly by his “common law husband” Richard W. Seehaver. Richard is in custody and charged with first-degree intentional homicide, domestic abuse, being a repeat criminal offender and illegal use of a dangerous weapon.

According to the Start Tribute, John’s niece said “her uncle was a distinguished Army veteran who served for 10 years until 1993 and became disabled while in the military.”

“John was proud to have served our country and although a disabled veteran, he spent this last year embracing independence while exploring the U.S. by railway,” the niece said.

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, domestic, and 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.

 

TGNC Civil Rights Protections Passed in New York State

New York, NY, January 16, 2019 — Today at AVP we are celebrating the historic passage of GENDA – the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act in New York, which adds protections based on gender identity and expression to the state’s human rights laws and the state ban of abusive conversion therapy. GENDA has been seventeen years in the making, since the legislature passed the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA) in 2002 which did not include protections based on gender identity and expression. We are especially proud that the LGBTQ community has united to ensure that transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people across the state will finally have these long overdue rights and protections. Both laws are important steps toward making LGBTQ New Yorkers safer and fully respected.

This victory marks the first LGBTQ specific legislation passed by the New York legislature since it enacted marriage equality in 2011 and comes at a time when the current federal administration continues to rollback protections for the LGBTQ community and has specifically targeted TGNC people.

We are grateful to the State Assembly leadership who pushed this bill, Representative Dick Gottfried, the Assembly bill sponsor who has consistently been standing up for TGNC people and Senator Brad Hoylman, a strong advocate in the Senate and the bills sponsor who was able to bring it over the finish line. We also recognize that we would not be here today without the visionary leadership and dedication of Senator Tom Duane, AVP’s former board member, who introduced the original GENDA bill years ago. And of course, this milestone belongs to the tireless efforts of TGNC organizers, who refused to accept less than full protections, sharing community experiences of discrimination and lobbying for this legislation.

While we celebrate the passage of GENDA, AVP has concerns that the law also includes increased penalties for people convicted of committing hate crimes against TGNC people, consistent with consequences for all other hate crimes in the state. AVP initially advocated for this hate crime enhancement. However, through our work, we recognize that the use of enhanced penalties for hate violence disproportionately impacts people of color, does not prevent future acts of hate violence, and  does not make our communities safe. AVP celebrates the passage of GENDA, as well as the conversion therapy ban, and will continue to work towards justice that centers LGBTQ survivors and creates greater safety overall.

 

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Media Contact:
Eliel Cruz
Director of Communications
ecruz@avp.org
212-714-1184 x 26

NCAVP mourns the death of Sarah Hawkins, a 43-year old woman from Phoenix, AZ

NCAVP mourns the death of 43-year old Sarah Hawkins, who, according to media reports, was shot by her ex-partner, 33-year old Fiona Luvisi, who then killed herself. No more information is available at this time, but NCAVP members will continue to reach out to the local community to offer support. Violence within intimate relationships happens as often—or more often–among LGBTQ people, yet is seldom discussed. As this tragic loss shows us and as NCAVP reports consistently show, this violence can be deadly.

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

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 Regina Denise Brown, a 53-year-old trans woman from Orangeburg, SC

NCAVP mourns the death of Regina Denise Brown, a 53-year-old trans woman from Orangeburg, SC. Regina died by arson in October but only recently was identified as transgender in media reports. A man was arrested and charged with Regina’s murder.

A person claiming to know Regina told PinkNews in an email: “She always was smiling and happy. She always gave encouragement to the younger trans women always highlighting our best features and strong traits. Just an all around great lady with a big heart. She was a very amazing talented big hearted lady.”

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.

New Report Outlines Widespread Employment Discrimination Against TGNC New Yorkers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2018

Media Contacts:
Eliel Cruz, Director of Communications: ecruz@avp.org
Ciarra Ross, Communications Coordinator: cross@avp.org

New Report Outlines Widespread Employment Discrimination
Against TGNC New Yorkers

New York, NY –  A new report from The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) captures the systemic employment discrimination against trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people in New York City. Individual Struggles, Widespread Injustice contains survey responses collected from 118 TGNC respondents, revealing clear patterns of discrimination during the job search process, harassment in the workplace, unemployment and poverty rates higher than that of the general public, and a disconnect between their education level and income.

“As with all forms of violence, reporting incidents of employment discrimination can help trans and gender non-conforming folks figure out what the best next steps are for them. Unfortunately, our survey found that trans and gender non-conforming New Yorkers aren’t aware of the options for reporting to city agencies, and when they report discrimination inside their workplaces they often face retaliation,” Audacia Ray, Director of Community Organizing and Public Advocacy at The New York City Anti-Violence Project said.  “It’s imperative that New York City Council introduce legislation that extends the amount of time people have to file employment discrimination complaints with the City Commission on Human Rights from one to three years. This extension will allow for more trans and gender non-conforming survivors of workplace discrimination to report and receive recourse from the violence they experienced.”

Individual Struggles, Widespread Injustice survey responses were collected during an 18 to 23 month period following the 2016 implementation of the city’s Gender Identity/Gender Expressions Legal Enforcement Guidance. The guidance, a clarification on the Transgender Rights Law passed in 2002, contained specific enforcements of the law detailing the rights of TGNC community in New York City. Still, despite protections, trans and gender non-conforming residents in New York City are struggling to find jobs and facing discrimination at their places of work.

LaLa Zanell, Lead Community Organizer at The New York City Anti-Violence Project said:
After the Mayor rolled out the Executive Order and City Commission on Human Rights released the Legal Guidance, trans and gender non-conforming community members decided to investigate the initial effectiveness of the local policies. Our objective with the survey was to learn whether community members knew about the policies, if the policies were working, and if there were any changes in community members’ entry points into employment. This report addresses the progressive strides made and what we need to continue to do around trans and gender non-conforming economic justice.”

Some key findings:

  • TGNC people have diverse genders, and many do not identify with the gender binary. 48% of survey respondents indicated that they identified as gender non-conforming, non-binary, genderqueer, two-spirit, third gender, agender, androgynous, or trans. 31% of respondents use they/them/theirs pronouns.
  • 22% of TGNC New Yorkers surveyed are unemployed, which is nearly five times higher than the New York City unemployment rate.
  • For jobs in which filling out an application form is required, 57% of respondents had to fill out a form on which they had to choose a gender that did not match their identity. Thirty-one percent of respondents were asked about how they were assigned at birth, which is an illegal question in an application and interview process in New York State.

 

“New Yorkers, no matter where they come from, have the right to have their pronouns, name, and title respected, regardless of what is on their identification documents. When an employer or coworker misgenders or deadnames a trans or gender non-conforming colleague, that is violence, and is discrimination under the New York City Transgender Rights Law,” Lolan Sevilla, Training Coordinator at The New York City Anti-Violence Project said. “All employee databases across the city must have options for trans and gender non-conforming people who have not taken legal steps to change their name or gender marker so that trans and gender non-conforming employees feel respected and protected.”

The Individual Struggles, Widespread Injustice report is released in conjunction with community based report Speak Up About It! Geared towards the TGNC community, Speak Up About It! includes practical information on rights New York City upholds for TGNC people, interviews with community members, and actions TGNC New Yorkers can take if they are are discriminated against or their rights are violated including recommendations from the NYC Commission on Human Rights.

“As we know all too well at the NYC Commission on Human Rights, TGNC individuals endure a range of discrimination and harassment in their daily lives, including in the workplace. This is simply unacceptable,” said Chanel Lopez, Transgender Communities Liaison at the NYC Commission on Human Rights. “Under Mayor de Blasio, the Commission has significantly increased its efforts to combat gender identity discrimination citywide — more than doubling the number of investigations in this area over the last two years — but the fight to protect, uplift, and empower TGNC New Yorkers continues. We look forward to continuing our work with AVP to educate TGNC communities about their rights and how to report discrimination and continue to work with employers to ensure that TGNC folks get the respect and opportunities they deserve.”

Both Individual Struggles, Widespread Injustice and Speak Up About It! can be read in full at avp.org

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The New York City Anti-Violence Project empowers lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV-affected communities and allies to end violence through organizing and education, and supports survivors through counseling and advocacy.