“The LGBT community consists of vibrant, talented and hardworking individuals who are our neighbors, our friends, and our family members,” said Senator Serrano. "These individuals should be celebrated and respected like all members of our community. It is extremely unfortunate that violent hate crimes targeting the LGBT community still occur," continued Serrano.
In addition, the press conference was an opportunity for the Bronx LGBT Center to announce outreach initiatives that it will undertake, designed to combat the sentiment that begets such attacks, and enlist the help of local elected officials throughout the process.
“We must continue to work together-community organizations and elected officials alike- to prevent and discourage hate crimes and create a safe environment for all members of society regardless of sexual orientation,” concluded Serrano.