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Date(s) - 03/06/17
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

BCBA Community Sports Training Center


Additional Information (if available)

URL for more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/655073181344395/.

The Long Island LGBTQA Visibility Coalition, and other LGBTQA community organizations will not stand for the transphobic remarks and gender based violence being publicly espoused by BCBA Community Sports Training Center, in Copiague, Long Island.

We will rally, with the support of local police, on Monday, March 6th at 6pm at their Center – 800 Chettic Ave, Copaige, NY and tell them that hateful transphobic speech is not welcome on Long Island. Tell them that you don’t fight bullying with violence & threats. Tell them that misogynistic rhetoric is not acceptable. We know that this organization does not, and should not, be representing Long Island police, veterans, firefighters or young people this way. This is a non-partisan issue – hate against transgender people and femininity are NOT acceptable on Long Island.

The LGBTQA community supports both the SCPD & NCPD, as they have supported our community for over 20 years at LI Pride, marches and other events, when many others did not. We support and know that this rhetoric is NOT representative of local law enforcement, and we respect the LGBTQA police officers among us.

Please join us Monday at 6pm at 800 Chettic Ave, Copaigue, NY.

Back Story:
The organization posted an extremely transphobic message to their Facebook page in January, took it down when it was picked up by Queerty (a national online LGBTQA publication) and then replaced it with another upsetting and anti LGBTQA post.

Since this morning, many of you have commented on their page, asking for them to apologize for their actions. Instead, hostile and threatening replies have been posted by its admins, and negative comments and reviews are now being deleted by them.

We will rally and ask the leadership to listen to the voices of our speakers Monday night. We will rally and let the young people on Long Island know that it is never okay to use imagery of LGBTQA people to bash others.

We will rally and ask the following:

*The leadership of this organization attend our rally and listen to our speakers.

* The Leadership of this organization sit with local LGBTQA community members to engage in a dialogue that advances inclusion and respect for the LGBTQA community.

*The leadership of this organization attend training by the LGBTQA Coalition or Pride for Youth, in order to include and support LGBTQA young people & learn evidence based anti-bullying strategies for young people.

*The leadership of this organization engage in dialogue with LGBTQA law enforcement representatives in order to better understand the needs of this community.

*The sponsors of this organization, including Home Depot Copaige, speak out publicly against LGBTQA violence and denounce these actions.