tbtn-7“No one should be made to feel unsafe because who they are or who they love,” said Speaker Christine C. Quinn in a press release announcing free self-defense classes to address the disturbing increase in LGBT-biased violence in New York City recently.

According to the release:

The trainings will empower New Yorkers by teaching violence prevention strategies and safety tips to the LGBT community.  The kick-off class, led by the Center for Anti-Violence Prevention, will be held on Saturday, June 8th in Room 101 of the LGBT Center at 4:00 PM. An additional evening class has been scheduled for Wednesday, June 12th at the Hudson Guild Elliot Center at 7:00 PM.

Participants should reserve their space by calling (212) 788-5613 or by e-mailing [email protected].

“The spate of bias attacks against LGBT New Yorkers in recent weeks is unacceptable and must end now,” Quinn said. ” Our free self-defense classes will teach violence prevention strategies to New Yorkers and will provide the community with the tools they need to stay safe.”

Additional self-defense classes in Brooklyn and Queens will be announced in coming weeks.

Meanwhile, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman has organized a public forum to “assess the efficacy of New York State’s Hate Crimes Law, how state and local government agencies are implementing and enforcing the Law, and whether amendments should be considered to expand data collection, statistical reporting, law enforcement training requirements, and/or otherwise further the Law’s goals.”

The forum is slated for June 14 and anyone wishing to testify or attend it can fill out and return the form here by June 10.

Photo: JJ Keyes

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