I first became involved in politics fighting for Marriage Equality in New York state. While that battle was finally won, LGBTQ+ New Yorkers still face challenges in employment, housing, healthcare and so much more. As a Council Member I will:
Prioritize LGBTQ+ education in our public schools.
Currently only 4 states in the country mandate that history classes in public schools "include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country." I will work to make this a requirement in NYC schools.
Work to preserve and create housing for LGBT Seniors
Today there are three million LGBT adults age 65 and older in the U.S., and that number is projected to reach seven million by 2030. We must ensure that LGBT seniors are able to age with dignity and care, by preserving and creating enough affordable housing.
Expand funding for emergency shelter beds & transitional beds for homeless youth
LGBTQ+ street youth experience greater levels of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking violence, trauma, HIV infection, mental health issues and substance abuse than their heterosexual counterparts in the homeless youth population. According to the Ali Forney Center, for youth 16-20, the wait time for an emergency shelter bed is approximately 2 weeks. For young people 21-24, the wait can be as long as 6 months. We must address this crisis, in part, by properly funding programs that provide emergency shelter to homeless youth. As a Council Member, I will do everything I can to allocate resources to helping homeless LGBTQ+ youth.
We must also:
Expand access to PEP and PreP
Ensure that all New York City agencies appropriately gender people
Amend the City’s Minority and Women-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) Certification Program to include LGBT preferred contracting
Increase funding for the HIV/AIDS Services Administration