We have made great strides in recognizing justice and equality for LGBT individuals, but there is still much work to be done. As Public Advocate, I will continue the fight to recognize the dignity and worth of all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression. I will continue to celebrate the rich diversity of the LGBT community in NYC, by continuing to press for the freedom and pursuit of happiness.
As a campaign aide for President Obama in 2012, I was proud to lead a national call with clergy that united important voices around the need for marriage equality. As an Assembly Member, I am proud to have co-sponsored and voted on legislation that bans discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, as well as banning harmful conversion therapies for patients under 18 years of age.
Let us continue in the spirit of those who stood for justice at Stonewall.
As Public Advocate, I will:
Expand Domestic Violence Protections for the LGBTQI Community:
Violence and harassment are pervasive threats to LGBTQI New Yorkers. Almost 50% of respondents to a New York City Legal Services survey noted that they endured some form of domestic violence in the last year. As Public Advocate, I will expand outreach and access to resources to help our fellow New Yorkers escape harm.
Increase Legal Services for the LGBTQI Community:
Low-income LGBTQI people are in dire need of legal services ranging from housing advocacy, immigration, health care, employment, education, and assistance upgrading Other Than Honorable discharge statuses from military service. As Public Advocate, I will increase access to legal resources and highlight pervasive legal issues affecting the community.