Public Forum: Ending Hate Crimes Against the LGBTQ Community

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Over the last two years, Seattle has seen a surge in hate crimes and discrimination against the LGBTQ community on Capitol Hill. We’re going to need to unite as a city and find bold and lasting solutions to address this crisis.

On March 3rd, 2015, together with Danni Askini from the Gender Justice League, I hosted a public forum to create a safe space for public testimony from the LGBTQ community and activists.

We shared our experiences & strategies to defeat anti-LBGTQ hate and violence. Speakers put forward concrete proposals, which ranged from the creation of a long-overdue LGBTQ youth homeless shelter to the implementation of rent control.

Thank you to everyone who attended and to all the activist organizations, community groups, and independent media outlets that co-sponsored the event. This forum is just the beginning of our work to build a city that is safe for the LGBTQ community.

You can watch the whole forum here, or watch my sum up and other segments via the video clips below.

Kshama Sawant / Seattle City Council

Danni Askini / Gender Justice League

Shannon Perez-Darby / NW Network of LGBTQ Survivor Abuse

Lils Fujikawa / API Chaya


Raven Heavy Runner / Northwest Two-Spirit Society, MSW

Jackie Sandberg / Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets

Christie Santos-Livengood / UW School of Public Health

Shaun Knittel / Social Outreach Seattle, Seattle Gay News

Zach Pullin / Capitol Hill Community Council

Courtney Sheehan / #CapHillPSA Project

Patricia Lally / Seattle Office for Civil Rights

Debbie Carlsen / LGBTQ Allyship

Public Comment / LGBTQ activists and community members speaking out