Rep. Clarke Admonishes An Act of Violence Against the LBGT Community
Today, Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-NY) released the following statement regarding an act of violence, where a man was viciously beaten coming from a gay and lesbian event in Carroll Gardens several weeks ago. She joined New York City Council Member Brad Lander in admonishing all acts of violence against the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Community. She released the following statement:
“I am deeply concerned about reports of violence against anyone in this community,” stated Rep. Clarke. “My thoughts and prayers go out to the victim of this heinous act of violence. These actions are meant to bring fear and division among our community and are totally unacceptable. I stand firm with the 11th Congressional District in decrying this terrible act of prejudice and bigotry.”
“As we all know, my district is one of the most diverse districts in the nation with a large LGBT community. I will continue to proudly celebrate what makes Brooklyn, New York so unique, what former New York City Mayor David Dinkins called a “gorgeous mosaic,” said Rep. Clarke.
“Such terrible acts underline how we, as a community, must take quick and decisive action whenever bigotry arises. People who perpetuate violence should be brought to justice before the law,” said Rep. Clarke.
“I will continue to utilize my position as a Member of Congress to strengthen hate crime legislation. Know that I will work closely with my colleagues, on all levels of government, to ensure that the LGBT community in New York and throughout our nation are fully protected from hate crimes,” concluded Rep. Yvette D. Clarke.