In response to Mayor Adams’ intention to cut funds from non-profit service providers, the LGBTQIA+ Caucus released the following statement from Co-Chairs Tiffany Cabán and Crystal Hudson.
“The Council has historically supported New York City’s LGBTQIA+ community and recently made immense strides to meaningfully improve the material conditions of our queer neighbors across the City, a commitment we intend to uphold by maintaining critical investments to community-based partners providing vital services. The Council’s historic funding for non-profit service providers in the LGBTQIA+ community has ensured support for mental health services, programs for runaway homeless youth, and services specifically for transgender New Yorkers. We have fought to strengthen this support through budget initiatives, like Pride at Work, to help more New Yorkers access union jobs. At a time when the LGBTQIA+ community is facing more homophobic and transphobic attacks, insufficient access to services, and the lack of basic safety, the City should not be seeking to gut the organizations our communities rely upon. The Administration’s decision to target community-based organizations for draconian cuts is dangerous and cruel. The LGBTQIA+ Caucus will not allow this mayor to shortchange our communities, and we will not waiver from our commitment to their health and safety.”