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November 2, 2020
These days, we are all feeling the impact of upheaval, violence, fear, pain, and rage, carrying the weight of it in our spirit, as we work to meet the challenges coming at us each and every day. We all know the challenges — pandemic, uprising, election, violence — even if they affect us differently. In the midst of all this, we must show up — for ourselves, and for one another. During these times, it is especially important to lea[...]
March 13, 2020
UPDATE 1/13/21: AVP's offices will remain closed until at least June 2021. ORIGINAL POST 3/16/20: We hope you are all taking care of yourselves and each other in these times that are stressful for all of us. We are writing to let you know that due to the escalating situation around coronavirus, and in the interest of our collective community's health and well-being, AVP has decided to close our offices for in-person appointments and walk-i[...]
June 13, 2019
On Monday afternoon, AVP mobilized over 600 people at Foley Square to mourn the loss of, and demand justice for, Layleen Cubilette-Polanco, a 27-year-old Afro-Latinx transgender woman who was found dead in her cell at Rose M. Singer Center at Rikers on June 7, just eleven days before her next scheduled court date. The news of Layleen Polanco’s death is particularly hard as it comes during a string of reported deaths of trans women of col[...]
December 10, 2018
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 st[...]
September 25, 2018
AVP has learned of an anti-gay hate violence incident in Brooklyn, NY. According to media reports, two gay men, 29 and 34, were attacked and beaten unconscious in Williamsburg around 1:00 am on Sunday, September 23. The suspect made anti-gay statements before assaulting the men who had left a popular Williamsburg gay bar, according to police. Local authorities are still searching for the suspect whose picture was captured as he fled the scene. [...]
August 17, 2018
AVP has learned of an incident involving a gay man in Hell’s Kitchen on August 14. 50-year-old Gregory Kanczes is reported to have been stabbed sixteen times by 25-year-od Geoffrey Tracy. According to reports, Tracy stabbed Kanczes after Kanczes made sexual advances on him. They were living together. Tracy was arraigned August 15 on charges of attempted murder and assault. Kanczes is in the hospital in critical condition. AVP has reache[...]
August 14, 2018
AVP has learned of an anti-gay hate violence incident in Brooklyn, NY. According to social media posts by a family member, a woman was walking in her neighborhood when a man started to follow her. The man taunted her saying “You think you’re a man? Since you think you’re a man, I’m going to treat you like a man,” before hitting her in the face. The survivor sustained severe injuries. AVP has reached out to NYPD for more information a[...]
August 9, 2018
AVP has learned of a potential intimate partner violence related incident in Astoria, NY. A 48 year-old man was found dead in the early morning hours of Thursday, August 9. According to media reports, the victim was found on the ground with cuts, bruises, and mouth filled with dirt. Police are trying to locate the boyfriend of the victim’s ex-lover for questioning as it’s been reported he was last seen with him. We have reached out to N[...]
July 3, 2018
AVP has learned of a violent incident involving police at Riis Beach that occurred on Sunday, July 1, 2018. If you have been impacted by the incident and would like to report or to seek support, reach out to AVP by calling our free and confidential 24/7 bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline at 212-714-1141 or our online reporting form. AVP is reaching out to Parks Enforcement Patrol and the New York City Police Department for further information[...]
June 12, 2018
AVP learns of back to back anti-LGBTQ incidents in Queens; our work is not done. On Sunday, June 3, 25 year-old elementary school teacher Brandon Soriano was enjoying the Queens Pride festivities. At around 10 pm, he decided to pick up some food before heading home. It was then Soriano heard someone yell an anti-gay slur, right before being physically attacked by a group of men until he became unconscious. Five days later, a transgender wom[...]
May 9, 2018
AVP mourns the death of Clifford Williams, a man of 60 years, who was bludgeoned to death on Wednesday, March 14 in his home in Bedford-Stuyvesant, NY. According to media reports, Williams met a 21-year-old man outside of a local restaurant and invited him to his home. It was there that Williams allegedly flirted with his guest and in response the guest attacked him with a dumbbell. Williams’ stepfather, who lives at the residence, called th[...]
September 7, 2017
AVP has learned of an anti-LGBTQ incident which occurred in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn on Tuesday, September 5th, 2017. According to media reports, the 43-year-old survivor was walking on Hancock Street near Marcy Avenue at around 9 a.m., when he was approached and punched in the face by a man he didn't know who was shouting anti-gay slurs. NYPD are looking into this incident as a hate crime. AVP has reached out to Make the Road New York, th[...]