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AVP learns of an incident of anti-gay harassment which occurred at Eataly in the Flatiron District of Manhattan

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The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) has learned of an incident of anti-gay harassment which occurred at Eataly in the Flatiron District of Manhattan on July 17th, 2014. According to a media source, Kip Kouri became involved in an altercation with Eataly staff which resulted in a security guard calling Kouri homophobic slurs. Kouri was also injured and required stitches as a result of the incident.

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AVP learns of an attack on a transgender woman in the South Bronx; calls for increased awareness of violence faced by transgender women in New York City

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The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) has learned of an attack on a transgender woman that occurred last Wednesday, July 23rd, around 1 am on East 149th Street near Third Avenue in the South Bronx. According to a media source a transgender woman, age 29, was harassed by two men shouting homophobic and transphobic slurs. The men followed her into a deli where they instructed the clerk not to server her, and then assaulted her, leaving her with an injury to her ear.

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AVP learns of an attack on a transgender woman in the South Bronx; calls for increased awareness of violence faced by transgender women in New York City

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The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) has learned of an attack on a transgender woman that occurred last Wednesday, July 23rd, around 1 am on East 149th Street near Third Avenue in the South Bronx. According to a media source a transgender woman, age 29, was harassed by two men shouting homophobic and transphobic slurs. The men followed her into a deli where they instructed the clerk not to server her, and then assaulted her, leaving her with an injury to her ear.

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A Message from AVP's Executive Director on the Use of Condoms as Evidence

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Yesterday, Police Commissioner Bratton announced, effective immediately, a policy barring confiscation of condoms as arrest evidence in prostitution, prostitution in school zones, and loitering for the purposes of prostitution. However, according to this new policy, police officers will still use condoms as evidence in cases involving promoting prostitution and sex trafficking cases. While any step that seeks to end the criminalization of the use of condoms is an important step, the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) believes that this directive does little to address the pervasive policing of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected survivors of violence. The new policy effectively says the NYPD will not use condoms as evidence of prostitution - unless they want to.

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An anti-gay hate language incident involving the Houston Rockets basketball team occurred at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn

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The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) has learned of an anti-gay hate language incident that occurred last February 22nd of 2013, and is only now becoming known due to a lawsuit. According to media sources, Rasean Tate, a food server employed by a catering company, was setting up a buffet in the visitor's locker room at Barclays Center when he was harassed with anti-gay slurs by Houston Rockets basketball team players. Tate has filed a lawsuit that names the Houston Rockets and Levy Restaurant Holdings, his former employer. The Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center are not named in the lawsuit.

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