In a joint press release issued today, more then 30 national and New York-area LGBT organizations issued a call to the New York City Council urging a vote to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg's veto of the Community Safety Act.
The proposed act, approved by the council less than a day after the Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, is composed of two bills, one of which would prohibit police from any profilng based on a host of possible criteria, including sexual orientation, gender identity and HIV status. The other bill would create an independent inspector's office that would monitor police policy, conduct investigations and suggest changes that could be made to the department.
The council has 30 days during which to hold a veto override. In the first votes on the Community Safety Act, the independent inspector bill comfortably cleared a veto-proof two-thirds threshold; the profiling bill received exactly the number of council members required. As Gothamist mused, Bloomberg's veto is seen by some as a delaying tactic to pick off council members and push the bills below the veto-proof margin.
"From Stonewall to stop and frisk, LGBTQ people - and particularly LGBTQ people of color, LGBTQ youth, and transgender and gender nonconforming people - have long been targets of profiling and other forms of discriminatory policing."
Joining the national organizations who signed the statement--among them the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Lambda Legal, the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GLAAD--were a significant number of New York-specific groups, such as the Ali Forney Center, Gay Mens' Health Crisis, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of New York and the New York City Anti-Violence Project.
You can read the organizations' statement in full AFTER THE JUMP...