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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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Take Action with AVP: Community Safety Afternoon in Harlem on Wednesday, March 26

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Join AVP and our community partners as we respond to hate language prominently displayed by ATLAH World Missionary Church in Harlem. In partnership with LGBTQ faith leaders, allies and community members including LGBT Faith Leaders of African Descent, Rivers at Rehoboth Church and Harlem Pride, we will raise awareness about anti-LGBTQ violence. We will distribute information about how to stay safe and get involved to end violence in LGBTQ communities.

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Hate violence incident at West 4th Street Subway Station in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood

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The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) has learned of an anti-gay attack which occurred around 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 2 at the West 4th Street Subway Station in Manhattan's West Village neighborhood. According to media sources, a man and his partner were approached by a third man who asked them if they were gay. The couple ignored the alleged offender, who then assaulted one of the survivors using anti-gay slurs. The survivor was treated at Lenox Hill Hospital for a broken nose and eye socket. According to the NYPD, this incident is under investigation by the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force.

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Hate violence incident in Manhattan’s Gramercy neighborhood

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The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) has learned of an anti-gay attack which occurred around 3 a.m. on New Year's Day at 265 First Avenue near Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan's Gramercy neighborhood. According to media sources, Two men were walking when they got into a verbal argument with a group of three men shouting homophobic slurs. The three men then physically attacked one of the men, leaving him with bruising on the side of his head. The NYPD is currently investigating this incident as a hate crime.

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