We have lived with homophobia in our families and we have lived in love.
We have always been gay, straight, bisexual, or transgendered.
And we have always had a place in our community for ourselves, because we are different from the rest of the queer population.
But in recent years, the LGBTQ community has been subject to increased violence, discrimination, and harassment in New York City, and that has been especially painful for queer New Yorkers who are especially vulnerable in their communities.
While we’ve seen a tremendous amount of progress on issues like sexual assault and trans discrimination in recent months, it’s still not enough, according to LGBTQ advocates.
The violence, hate crimes, and other forms of violence that have been perpetrated against LGBTQ people in New Yorkers’ communities have increased since the repeal of the federal hate crimes law, which was enacted in 2016.
According to a 2016 report from the New York Civil Liberties Union, there were approximately 6,000 incidents of violence and harassment against LGBTQ New Yorkers in the first six months of 2017.
We live in an age of violence, and violence against us is always more than just a crime.
In fact, according the Center for American Progress, the overwhelming majority of hate crimes reported in 2017 were against LGBTQ communities.
The New York Times reports that hate crimes have increased by 15% over the past three years in the city of New York.
The Times reports the most significant increase was in sexual orientation and transgender harassment, which jumped by 30% in the same time period.
LGBTQ advocates say the hate crimes that continue to occur in the queer community are the result of a systemic failure to support and educate LGBTQ people.
“We live in a place where it’s extremely difficult to get access to mental health care, and we’ve also seen a lot of violence against transgender people,” says Jennifer Hargrove, the Executive Director of the New Yorkers Against Hate Project.
“I think the only way we’re going to be able to get a sense of the extent to which the LGBTQ people of color community is going to see the same progress that we are, is if we have access to resources.”
The LGBTQ community is underrepresented in the criminal justice system and often fails to receive the same rights as cisgender, white, and cisgender people in the legal system.
“LGBTQ people have not received the same level of justice as cisgendered people in terms of protections against discrimination and hate crimes,” says Katelyn Lee, the Director of Justice Programs at New York Law School’s Program on Law and Policy and a professor of sociology.
“And the fact that the vast majority of LGBTQ people are underrepresented, underrepresented by the criminal-justice system, does a lot to explain why we’re underrepresented.”
The New Yorker’s Caitlin Moran, in her new book The Queer Eye, outlines the history of LGBTQ rights in the United States and highlights some of the systemic problems that LGBTQ people face.
“Many of the problems of LGBTQ inclusion in the justice system are rooted in how queer people are portrayed in popular culture, in how we’re portrayed in the media, in the schools,” Moran says.
“It’s not surprising that there are stories about queer people that are often not only invisible, but invisible in terms to their peers and to the public.
And so there are a lot more stories that we need to be aware of, and the fact is, if we’re to have any hope that we’re not going to lose, we have to do a better job of educating ourselves, of listening to our own voices and listening to other people’s voices.
And if we do that, and if we don’t treat other people as well as we should, then it’s going to lead to all kinds of issues.”
As a queer person of color, I feel like I’m still missing something special.
The book The Coming Out Story has an extensive section on the experiences of being an LGBTQ person of colour, but it only covers the stories of the women and girls I met and the stories I experienced growing up in a household of white, middle-class, cisgender men.
My grandmother, for example, was a homemaker and never really spoke to me about her sexual orientation.
Her mother, on the other hand, was able to tell me that she was attracted to men.
But her mother didn’t always feel the same way about me.
“When my grandmother went to work, she would always go home with me and take me to her boyfriend’s house, and they would have sex, and she would never come home,” I tell Moran.
“She never told me that.
But my grandmother did tell me, ‘My grandmother, she always told me she was gay, she never told you that, but when you’re around me, you’re always telling me I’m gay, you never tell me you’re straight.'”
That was in 1977, when my grandmother was still a teenager.
When I was a teenager, I was in high