LGBT Groups to Join Others in Condemning Stop-and-Frisk

City Room (The New York Times)
June 5, 2012

National LGBT advocates plan to join other civil rights leaders on Tuesday in calling on Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to end the Police Department’s current stop-and-frisk policy, which they argue constitutes harassment of young black and Latino men.

Coming two weeks after the board of the N.A.A.C.P. voted to endorse same-sex marriage, the gay advocates’ move to significantly change the stop-and-frisk tactic reflects a new degree of cooperation between gay rights and other civil rights groups.

In a news conference to take place at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar where in 1969 riots set off by a police raid became a watershed for the national gay rights movement, leaders of national rights groups for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people will draw a connection between the gay rights movement and the current campaign against stop-and-frisk.