The Advocate
July 19, 2013

This summer, after a string of high-profile incidents of anti-LGBT violence beset New York City, the City Council began sponsoring free self-defense classes for LGBT people in all five boroughs. Put to use, such classes could save lives. But for some, they could also translate into a prison sentence.

Across the United States, LGBT people are arrested for acting in self-defense — particularly people who are transgender, low-income, and of color.