NYC LGBT Community Stands Against Anti-Transgender and Gay Murders in Puerto Rico

New York City’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is standing with the Puerto Rican community to demand that the rash of anti-gay and transgender murders in Puerto Rico be properly investigated and covered by the media. Since 2002, 25 gay and transgender people have been murdered in Puerto Rico—six of these murders occurred since last November.  Most of these crimes were not investigated by the local authorities as hate crimes and very few have received media coverage. “This is about the concrete harms that members of our community still face even with inclusive hate crime protections. Everyday LGBT people face, harassment, violence and even murder simply for being who they are. The media has a responsibility to elevate these important stories,” said Rashad Robinson, Senior Director of Media Programs for GLAAD. “We are proud to work with the New York City Council and our fellow community partners to raise visibility around this issue and demand these stories be told in the media.” “This is about members of the Puerto Rican lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender community feeling safe in their communities and being able to take care of the ones they love,” said Pedro Julio Serrano, communications manager, for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “New York City’s LGBT community stands with the Puerto Rican community in response to this rash of murders and demands that they receive proper investigations by the local authorities and coverage by the local media,” he continued. As the New York City Council and the LGBT community prepare for the Pride season, they are raising awareness about this violence that directly impacts thousands of New York City residents who have family living in Puerto Rico. When: Tuesday, June 15, 5:00 pm Where:  Council Chambers, New York City Hall 2 Lafayette St (Chambers Street) New York, NY 10007 Who:  Office of the Mayor – Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New York State Senator Thomas K. Duane New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn, New York City Council Member Rosie Mendez, New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm, New York City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), Latino Commission on AIDS, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, New York City Anti-Violence Project, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, The Puerto Rican Initiative to Develop Empowerment (PRIDE), Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund