Equity for LGBTQ+ Community
The LGBTQ+ community has been underrepresented in legislation and policy. We are committed to implementing laws that accurately reflect the needs of the community and its allies and build strong support systems. We do this by enacting legislation that protects the LGBTQ+ community from discrimination in the workplace, schools, doctor’s offices, and on the streets.
We are committed to pursuing inclusive agendas that work to fight for the rights and needs of the LGTBQ+ community in the Bronx and to create a prosperous space for our LGBTQ+ youth.
Commit to supporting legislation that provides housing, education, and job placement for the LGBTQ+ community
Increase implicit bias education in our government to support the LGBTQ+ community
Support equitable healthcare for the LGBTQ+ community
We intend to hit the ground running in March by supporting Int. Bill No. 2115. We will work to support community and education programs that already exist in the Bronx like History UnErased and the Bronx LGBTQ Center.
Int. Bill 2125-2020 will expand training requirements for New York City agencies. This bill will expand the total number of NYC agencies required to provide training on implicit bias, discrimination, cultural competency, and structural inequity. Doing so will help build a stronger base of information in our workforce to spread accurate information about our communities in the context of gender, race, and sexual orientation.
History UnErased strives to bring LGBTQ+ representation into the K-12 social science curriculum. They already operate in 927 NYC public schools and layout a guided curriculum ensuring the inclusion of LGTBQ+ individuals and their impact on United States history. They approach their curriculum with an intersectional lens to highlight the critical accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community. History UnErased expands its mission to teachers by offering training on creating an LGBTQ+ inclusive classroom, ensuring that the inclusivity travels beyond the curriculum.
We must encourage accurate information about LGBTQ+ health topics and provide equitable healthcare.
Stigma around the LGBTQ+ community has prevented numerous national conversations about equitable healthcare that has cost lives. This trend unfortunately continues today. In order to prevent ignorant and harmful healthcare, New York City must:
Implement LGBTQ-specific sex education in public high schools
Expand preventative healthcare options, such as PrEP, to the City
Expand and encourage regular STD testing
Streamline hospital services and police reporting for sexual assault and hate crimes
Require implicit bias training in all City hospitals
Support safe spaces and resources for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies.
By educating Bronx members and providing safe spaces, we hope to decrease the rates of homelessnesss and violence against LGBTQ+ community, specifically in communities of color and in the Bronx. We will fiercely support the funding of safe spaces and collaborate on the ongoing evolution of our policies and services. Our partnerships will include, but are not limited to the Bronx LGBTQ Center, other community centers, healthcare providers, alliance clubs, and LGBTQ+ specific homeless shelters.