Op-ed | Supporting Manhattan’s LGBTQIA+ community by tackling hate crimes


News of the Colorado Springs shooting was heartbreakingly tragic and painfully familiar. Once again, someone with a gun targeted the LGBTQIA+ community.

We heard stunned survivors recount the horrors of the attack, we caught glimpses of a growing makeshift memorial, we saw mourners cling to each other in grief, and we learned that law enforcement was uniting to conduct a careful investigation.

And, I imagine we thought, how many more times will we see this horrific, targeted violence? How many more communities will be endangered? How many more guns will find their way into the hands of those who hate? How many more children, parents, spouses, brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors, will we bury?

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