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SRLP (Sylvia Rivera Law Project) SRLP opposes the use of hate crimes legislation as a way to protect queer and trans people, as well as people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, and all marginalized people.

SRLP (Sylvia Rivera Law Project)

We believe hate crimes legislation build up systems that cannot protect us and deflect resources from systems that sustain and support our communities, such as education and health care. Please see our statement below. In October 2009, President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law. This law makes it a federal hate crime to assault people based on sexual orientation, gender and gender identity by expanding the scope of a 1968 law that applies to people attacked because of their race, religion or national origin. Already, the U.S. incarcerates more people per capita than any other nation in the world.

What hate crimes laws do is expand and increase the power of the same unjust and corrupt criminal punishment system. LGBT & Gay Hate Crimes: Transgender Woman Dies After Beating in Front of NYPD Precinct. Islan Nettles was out in New York City with friends when a group of young men approached her, learned she was a transgender woman and began taunting and maliciously beating her—right in front of a police precinct in Harlem.

LGBT & Gay Hate Crimes: Transgender Woman Dies After Beating in Front of NYPD Precinct

The fashion design student with delicate features was punched in the face, knocked to the ground and beaten until she lost consciousness on the night of August 16. “They were called f****, they were called he-she’s, she males, things of that nature,” Nettles’ mother told a local newscast. Islan Nettles, born Vaughn Nettles, fell into a coma she would never awake from. She died Thursday after being taken off of life support. She was only 21. The site of the violence, near a police station, highlights a startling increase in hate crimes against the LGBT community, and what some view as a historic lack of police sympathy.

Nettles’ alleged assailant, Paris Wilson, was booked on a misdemeanor assault charge and freed on $2,000 bail. Safe Zone: GLBTIQ People of Color. Often, programs and initiatives targeting awareness and education about LGBTIQ individuals have neglected to include LGBTIQ People of Color.

Safe Zone: GLBTIQ People of Color

Moreover, these efforts have been framed through a White lens and perspective. New perspectives and information are emerging that provide us an opportunity, and an imperative, to begin to explore and understand how LGBTIQ individuals of color might experience their sexual orientations and gender identities differently, especially when considering their racial identities. Issues for LGBTIQ Students of Color Many lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth experience harassment and assault, social exclusion and isolation, and other troubling events in high school and college. Anti-LGBT Violence Down, Anti-Trans Hate Crimes Up. Hate-motivated violence against transgender people rose 13 percent last year, while the number of overall incidents of hate-motivated violence against LGBTQ and the HIV-affected communities dropped 32 percent, compared with the previous year.

Anti-LGBT Violence Down, Anti-Trans Hate Crimes Up

These new statistics, reported by BuzzFeed, come from a new report by the country’s leading organization tracking violence against LGBTQ people and those living with HIV. It's important to note that all the statistics in the report do not solely address LGBTQ-identified people, but also those who are HIV-affected, which are not necessarily a part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Crimes committed against HIV-affected individuals are not broken out apart from LGBTQ people, nor vice versa.

Homicides of LGBTQ and HIV-impacted people increased 11 percent between 2013 and 2014, according to the figures released Tuesday by the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. Many incidents are not reported. Transgender assault survivors' strength explored in the Espavo photo project at Harrisburg LGBT Center. Portraits from FORGE's Espavo Project, which "aims to embody the resilience, empowerment and healing of transgender, gender non-conforming and non-binary survivors" whose lives have been affected by sexual violence, are on display at the LGBT Community Center of Central PA starting April 17, 2015.

Transgender assault survivors' strength explored in the Espavo photo project at Harrisburg LGBT Center

(The Espavo Project) Changes In DSM-5: Racism Can Cause PTSD Similar To That Of Soldiers After War. Dr.

Changes In DSM-5: Racism Can Cause PTSD Similar To That Of Soldiers After War

Monnica T. Williams suggests that proposed changes in the criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) could increase the potential for better recognition of race-based trauma in racial and ethnic minorities. In a recent article in Psychology Today, Williams, who is a clinical psychologist and the associate director of the University of Louisville's Center for Mental Health Disparities, said that before the release of the DSM-5 Thursday, racism was recognized as a trauma that could potentially cause PTSD, but only in relation to a specific event. There had to be an incident of intense fear, helplessness, or horror for such consideration. For instance, if someone was assaulted in a racially-motivated event, then racism qualified as a sufficient trauma to be categorized as a cause of PTSD.

Lgbt%20report. Sexual Health & Orientation Issues for Teens. Main content LGBT youth are at high risk for becoming homeless.

Sexual Health & Orientation Issues for Teens

Due to family and social rejection, abuse, and/or conflict, many youth have no choice but to live on the streets, in transitional housing, or on acquaintances' couches. Some LGBT youth are kicked out of their houses, while others choose to leave to protect themselves from a negative home environment. Between 20 and 40 percent of all homeless youth are LGBT identified, though some advocates believe this number is under reported (2006 National Gay & Lesbian Task Force: "An Epidemic of Homelessness"). This stands in stark contrast to the estimated 4 to 10 percent of the entire population that is LGBT identified.

Trans Women of Color Face an Epidemic of Violence and Murder. Model Mayhe​m page The website for Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoF) has its own li​st of names of the dead, featuring some 700 trans people—mostly women of color, again—brutally murdered in recent years.

Trans Women of Color Face an Epidemic of Violence and Murder

TDoF's list goes back all the way to 1970, but the bulk of the homicides took place between 2000 and 2012. A Same-Sex Domestic Violence Epidemic Is Silent. Two months into their relationship, Chris's boyfriend José pushed him to the ground in a fit of anger and ripped the clothes off his body.

A Same-Sex Domestic Violence Epidemic Is Silent

"We had gone out dancing, and when we got home, I was changing in front of him," said Chris, 34. "I had on my favorite pair of underwear; it was the pair I had worn the first time we went out. He saw the underwear, and just flew into a rage, saying, 'How dare you wear those! Rainbow Community Center. You have a right to be safe, and feel supported and loved.

Rainbow Community Center

Does your safety feel threatened emotionally, physically, or sexually? Support is available! Looking to make a free call for help and other resources? LGBT domestic violence. By Zahara T. Hill Every 9 seconds; a phrase learned from watching several Lifetime Television movies when I was younger. Following a Lifetime movie centered on domestic abuse, a commercial would play relaying the statistic that every nine seconds a woman is assaulted or beaten by her partner. Lifetime was effective in informing me about domestic abuse and its manifestation not only in physical treatment of a partner but psychological and emotional treatment. But the network, as well as nearly every media outlet, was also successful in instilling one unfaltering image of domestic violence.

LGBT Part 1 UPLOAD v2 12.29.10. 5 Ways to Fight Sexual Assault - Born This Way Foundation. Of particular salience in the dialogue across the country is the issue of sexual assault – whether on campus, in the military, directed at LGBT people, etc. The recent launch of Lady Gaga’s song “Till It Happens To You”, co-written by Diane Warren, is yet another vehicle driving discussion around this topic. Here are five ways that celebrities, activists and ordinary individuals across the country are combatting and raising awareness about sexual assault. Pop culture as a platform Lady Gaga’s music video for “Till It Happens To You” serves as a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for the issue of sexual assault and raising awareness about its victims.

The song was co-written with acclaimed songwriter Diane Warren and produced for the documentary The Hunting Ground which assesses campus rape across the U.S. Take a pledge, change the conversation #SayHerName, tell her story. Revolution starts at home. Prison Justice Is An LGBT Rights Struggle. For the millions of LGBT people incarcerated each year, the sentence is only the beginning.

Oftentimes, what happens behind bars is worse than what the state mandates. Five percent of LGBT people in America have been incarcerated in the past five years. That rate is almost double the 2.7 percent incarceration rate for the general public and points to a major crisis in justice for LGBT people in the U.S. And within the LGBT community, certain groups remain particularly vulnerable. A survey conducted by the National Center for Transgender Equality and the National Gay and Lesbian task force revealed that a whopping 16 percent of transgender people - and 47 percent of Black transgender people - have been incarcerated. Url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=97&ved=0ahUKEwjY45L7kOHKAhWE6yYKHQTIDWY4WhAWCD4wBg&url= Statement on Accusation of Sexual Assault by El Monte Police against Transgender Woman. Police Departments Ignore Rampant Sexual Assault by Officers. (Image: Traumatized women via Shutterstock) Nicole Smith is terrified that her rapist, a former police officer, is up for parole soon and could be released from prison, possibly as early as September 2015.

Smith's name has been changed due to potential retribution from her attacker, should he be released. Smith said that, upon first meeting this man, she trusted him because he was a police officer, and felt more comfortable and safe around him after seeing him in uniform and in his patrol car. When they started dating for a short time, she went to visit him in an undisclosed city one weekend. Queer Injustice: The Widespread Sexual Abuse LGBT People Face in Prison.

The following is an excerpt from Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States, edited by Joey L. Mogul, Andrea J. Ritchie, and Kay Whitlock (Beacon Press, 2011). Since sexual violence is one of the principal weapons of policing and punishing perceived sexual deviance and gender nonconformity on the outside, it may come as no surprise that it’s wielded to even greater effect in the highly controlled and violent environment of modern prisons. Roderick Johnson’s case and similarly horrifying experiences of countless other incarcerated queers illustrate the ways in which sexual violence allows prison authorities to control the queered prison environment as a whole. Gay and Transgender People of Color Are Disproportionately Profiled by Police. DisparitiesReport_PrideAgenda. The Truth About The Heckler At The White House Pride Reception Last Night. An undocumented transgender activist was escorted out of the White House Wednesday night after she called on the president to release LGBTQ immigrants in detention centers.

“President Obama, release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention and stop all deportations,” activist Jennicet Gutiérrez shouted, interrupting the beginning of President Obama’s speech during a LGBT Pride Month Reception. Report Reveals LGBT People of Color Are Most Disadvantaged Workers. LGBT people of color are the most disadvantaged workers in the US, according to a new report released last week by the Movement Advancement Project, Center for American Progress, Freedom to Work, Human Rights Campaign, and the National Black Justice Coalition. Politics of Asexuality: Issues Faced by the Asexual Community - Matthew's Place. Politics of Asexuality: Issues Faced by the Asexual Community. Meet the Trans Women of Color Who Helped Put Stonewall on the Map.

Wednesday was a big day in LGBT history: New York City added the Stonewall Inn to its list of citywide landmarks. Members of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission to give some residents another reason to celebrate Pride this month. "The Stonewall Inn is a rarity — a tipping point in history where we know, with absolute clarity, that everything changed," Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Roadmap For Change full report Part1. Clearinghouse — The Northwest Network. Welcome! We know how important information can be, which is why we are so excited to be sharing our newest resource, the Information Clearinghouse on Violence & Abuse in LGBTQ Communities.

Caging Deviance. Reclaiming Our Lineage: Organized Queer, Gender-Nonconforming, and Transgender Resistance to Police Violence. About LGBT Abuse - rm2Bsafe. How is LGBT partner abuse similar to abuse in non-LGBT relationships? No one deserves to be abused.Abuse can be physical, sexual, verbal, emotional, financial, or psychological.Abuse often occurs in cyclic fashion (link to cycle of violence).Abuse can be deadly.The purpose of the abuse is to maintain control and power over one’s partner.The abused person may feel isolated, afraid, and convinced that they are at fault.The abused person risks the loss of community if they tell.If the abused person has children, they risk the loss of children if they tell.The incidence rate of partner abuse in LGBT relationships is approximately the same as for non-LGBT people – 25-30% of relationships are abusive.The end of the relationship involves grief and loss.

LGBTQ — National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women. Ritchie Andrea Testimony. Police/Gov't Misconduct & The LGBT Community by Denisha Renovales on Prezi. Did an NC Pride official assault a Black Lives Matter marcher in the Pride Parade? It is not okay for North Carolina Pride to violently silence LGBTQ people of color," the letter begins. Titled "Not My Pride: An Open Letter to NC Pride from the Black Queer Woman You Assaulted," the letter appeared Sept. 30 on the website of 28-year-old musician and activist Laila Nur, who lives in Durham. Nur alleged that four days earlier, an NC Pride official had used physical force to silence her as she was reading a statement with a Black Lives Matter group in Durham's NC Pride Parade.

Then, she claimed, Pride officials had the police remove her group from the parade. "Within a minute of receiving the microphone, I was assaulted," Nur wrote. National Center on Domestic and Sexual Violence. Queer People of Color Resources – QPOC projects and QPOC organizations. Lesbians sentenced for self-defense. School Rape's Secret Victims With Disabilities. Addressing Harm, Accountability and Healing. Links to Recommended LGBT Resources Online - PFLAG NYC. The Rebel Yell. Hate Crime Laws Don’t Prevent Violence Against LGBT People. Assault On Gay America. A Special Focus on Women of Color.

Here are six battles LGBT people still have to fight now that marriage equality is the law of the land. Healing From Trauma As a Person of Colour: 3 Things I’ve Learnt As a Queer Black Boy. Url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=41&ved=0ahUKEwjS0JncjuHKAhWKJiYKHdojA4M4KBAWCBswAA&url= Paying an unfair price lgbt people of color. What you should know anti violence1. 5 Shocking Facts About Transgender Suicide And Violence That You Need To Know. Billboard Design Five. Another Assault at Toad Hall During a Protest For LGBT People of Color. Murder statistics of transgender people. LGBT People of Color. Lgbtiq survivors of sexual assault. SAS%20Recommendations%20to%20WH%20Policing%20TF. Standing With LGBT Prisoners: An Advocate’s Guide to Ending Abuse and Combating Imprisonment.

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Sexual Violence Against LGBTQQI Populations. Quigley House. Improving rape care advocacy for lgbt survivors of sexual assault in non-lgbt specific programs. LGBT students face higher rates of sexual harassment, study reveals. National Report on Hate Violence Against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and HIV-Affected Communities Released Today. UCSF Student Health. Reps. Honda, Grijalva Urge DHS to Protect LGBT Immigrants from Sexual Assault.

LGBT people in prison. Lgbt. Ntds full. Protected and Served? Sexual Assault Program. Connecting Leaders. Advancing the Movement. 3 In 4 LGBT Students Reported Experiencing Sexual Harassment In Association of American Universities Survey : News. Straight Allies Stand Up Against LGBT Sexual Assault. CDC Online Newsroom - Press Release - CDC releases data on interpersonal and sexual violence by sexual orientation. AVP: The Anti-Violence Project. End Domestic Abuse WI. LGBT Discrimination and Harassment in Law Enforcement March 2015. Washington University in St. Louis. 'Crisis': LGBT College Students Nearly Twice As Likely To Experience Sexual Violence. Rape Response Services.