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Lesbian Council Speaker Offers Free Gay Self-Defense Classes in Response to New York City Hate Crimes

Center for Anti-Violence Education will offer free self-defense classes to LGBTQ adults.

Center for Anti-Violence Education will offer free self-defense classes to LGBTQ adults.

New York City, New York – Lesbian mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn, the outspoken Speaker of the New York City Council, announced that free self-defense classes will be available to the LGBTQ community following an alarming spike in anti-gay hate crimes in the city.  Quinn made the announcement Sunday at the 21st Annual Queens Pride Parade held in Jackson Heights, according to CBS 2.

The New York queer community is returning to a sense of the significance of Pride it has not known for many years because of the recent rise in anti-LGBTQ violence throughout the five boroughs.  Quinn noted the severity of the hate crimes in her remarks following the Queens Parade: “This is the kind of violence and frequency and in severity we haven’t seen in a really long time. It isn’t safe to be gay everywhere in New York City.”  The classes, which will concentrate on diffusing smart aleck harassment more than actual hand-to-hand skills, will commence this weekend, free of charge, compliments of the City of New York.  Quinn became a supporter of the idea of LGBTQ self-defense classes after queer activist Ed Lovendusky, himself a victim of a recent gay bashing in Hell’s Kitchen by a group of homophobic men, called upon the city of provide them.

Openly lesbian NYC Council Speaker, Christine Quinn.

Openly lesbian NYC Council Speaker, Christine Quinn.

The first self-defense class for LGBTQ adults will be held June 8 at the LGBT Center, 208 W. 13th Street in Manhattan, led by the Center for Anti-Violence Education.  On June 12, the second class will be offered at the Hudson Guild Elliott Center. The Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE), whose headquarters are in Brooklyn, has been actively empowering LGBTQ people in New York City to feel safer and stronger for over 38 years, with an emphasis upon women and youths.  On its website, the CAE says its mission is to develop and implement “comprehensive violence prevention programs for individuals and organizations. Through a combination of education, physical empowerment, and leadership development, CAE provides underserved communities throughout the New York metropolitan area with skills to break cycles of violence.”

The classes are designed to make members of the queer community in New York City feel safer and more secure at a time when many are feeling powerless in the face of rising numbers of reported hate crimes against LGBTQ folk. Speaker Quinn said to NBC 4, “No one should be made to feel unsafe because who they are or who they love. The spate of bias attacks against LGBT New Yorkers in recent weeks is unacceptable and must end now.”

June 4, 2013 - Posted by | Anti-LGBT hate crime, Beatings and battery, Center for Anti-Violence Education (CAE), Christine Quinn, gay bashing, gay men, GLBTQ, harassment, Hate Crimes, hate crimes prevention, Heterosexism and homophobia, Lesbian women, LGBTQ, New York, New York City, Self-defense classes for LGBTQ people, Social Justice Advocacy, transgender persons, transphobia | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment

  1. Nice article!

    Comment by James | September 13, 2013


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