Showing posts with label Brooklyn. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Brooklyn. Show all posts

January 25, 2019

Councilman J.Williams Has Pulled a ‘Chick-fil-a' Says Backs LGBT But Donates to Anti Gay Causes



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         Brooklyn City Councilmember Jumaane Williams, a candidate 
            in the February 26 public advocate special election.
 


Brooklyn Councilmember Jumaane Williams is touting his credentials within the LGBTQ community as he vies for the coveted citywide position of public advocate, but his rhetoric and his answers on questionnaires about his past political giving are in direct conflict with his donations to candidates with anti-gay pasts.

Williams, who earned the endorsement of the Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club on January 19 and is among those seeking the backing of another LGBTQ group, the Stonewall Democratic Club of NYC, claimed in that group’s candidate questionnaire that he has never “endorsed or financially supported any candidate for public office or current elected official with a track record of working against LGBTQ equality.”

Yet, campaign finance records show otherwise. Williams donated $1,375 apiece on March 11, 2017 to the re-election campaigns of City Councilmembers Chaim Deutsch of Brooklyn and Fernando Cabrera of the Bronx, both of whom have documented histories of homophobia.


Williams did not respond by deadline for this story’s original posting but his campaign did send out an email release about the Owles club endorsement. Subsequent to the story’s posting, Williams responded via email, “I regret and apologize for this oversight. Over the past 10 years I’ve contributed to many of my Council colleagues and these donations were not ones I remembered. I’m 100 percent committed to advancing the rights and protections of our LGBTQ community, and will make a commensurate donation to pro-LGBTQ organizati­ons.”

Deutsch’s anti-gay statements and voting record, described in detail in a Gay City News article earlier this month, includes attacking political opponents for having an “agenda with gays and lesbians” and voting against queer youth-related initiatives such as a resolution to provide support to protect LGBTQ and gender nonconforming students, as well as their inclusion in curriculum materials. He also voted against banning gay conversion therapy. 

Cabrera, who has rallied against marriage equality, traveled to Uganda in 2014 shortly after that nation passed what was originally dubbed a “Kill the Gays” bill, an act that banned, under penalty of life imprisonment, same-sex sexual relations and the promotion or recognition of LGBTQ people. He said in a video during his trip that “godly people are in government” in Uganda and praised the nation for standing against what he described were threats by the United States to pull funding if Uganda’s anti-gay actions continued.

“Even when the United States of America has put pressure, has told Uganda, ‘We are not going to fund you anymore unless you allow gay marriage,’ they have stood in their place. Why? Because the Christians have assumed the place of decision-making for the nation,” Cabrera said in the video.

Assemblymember Michael Blake of the Bronx was the only candidate seeking Stonewall’s endorsement to admit that he has donated to anti-gay candidates. Brooklyn Councilmember Rafael Espinal, former Bernie Sanders 2016 campaign surrogate Nomiki Konst, former City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Manhattan Democrats secretary Benjamin Yee, Assemblymembers Danny O’Donnell of Manhattan and Latrice Walker of Brooklyn, and attorney Dawn Smalls are other candidates who said in the questionnaire that they have not donated to homophobic candidates. Attorney Ifeoma Ike also filled out the questionnaire, but announced on Monday that she was pulling out of the race for failing to submit the necessary paperwork.

Stonewall, which is slated to hold an endorsement meeting on Wednesday evening, expressed concern over Williams’ answer on the questionnaire in the face of new revelations surrounding his history of donations to homophobic politicians.

“Stonewall Democrats has been clear over the years that it is unconscionable for those claiming to be our allies to support candidates who actively work against the equality for the LGBTQ community,” the group said in a written statement to Gay City News. “Our questionnaire specifically and straightforwardly asks this question of candidates seeking our endorsement because it is important. It is clear that Councilmember Williams’ answer does not line up with his donation history. LGBTQ New Yorkers deserve to know why.”

The Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club defended Williams after learning about the donations. President Allen Roskoff told Gay City News on Tuesday afternoon that the club is sticking with its endorsement of Williams and that it would be unfair to target him when other politicians, such as Ruben Diaz, Sr. — who is not running for public advocate — are much worse.

“He misspoke,” Roskoff said when referring to Williams’ answer on the questionnaire. “He’s not a liar, he’s a very honest man, and he’s very principled. We endorsed Jumaane, and we think we need more people like him.”

During a 2017 interview with Gay City News, Williams acknowledged his own complicated history on gay issues and demonstrated a stronger dedication to fighting for the community moving forward. He echoed those comments in a forum last week for public advocate candidates at Manhattan’s LGBT Community Center, where he recalled when he came around to support marriage equality.

Williams’ voting record and participation at LGBTQ rallies reflects improvement, and he has become much more vocal on issues in the community. He was the lead sponsor of the 2013 Community Safety Act, which brought discrimination protections for those who are dealing with police — including LGBTQ people — and he also cosponsored 2016 legislation that required businesses with single-stall bathrooms to mark those bathrooms with a sign indicating that the facility is gender-neutral.

Williams’ political evolution also coincided with several runs for political office: Before announcing his candidacy for public advocate, he most recently lost bids for lieutenant governor last year and City Council speaker in 2017.


November 19, 2018

Man From Queens NY, Faces 15 Years For Assaulting A Couple in Williamsburg He Thought To Be gay




A 25-year-old man faces up to 15 years behind bars for assaulting a gay couple in Williamsburg, according to the borough’s top prosecutor, who charged the defendant with a hate crime he said has no place in Brooklyn.

                                                    
Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Wednesday charged this 25-year-old Queens man, Brandon McNamara, with a hate crime after he allegedly assaulted two gay men in Williamsburg in September.

“This defendant allegedly assaulted an innocent couple simply because he perceived they were gay,” said District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on November 14 written statement. “Crimes that target individuals because of their sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, or other identity are a threat to everything we stand for in Brooklyn.”
The Queens man, Brandon McNamara, ran after the 29- and 30-year-old victims and shouted homophobic slurs as they left Lorimer Street’s Metropolitan Bar — a popular watering hole among the local gay community — a little before 1 a.m. on September 23, officials said.
McNamara then chased the couple down Metropolitan Avenue, before hurling both victims to the ground, knocking each unconscious, authorities said.
A good Samaritan called 911 to report the incident, and paramedics rushed both men to Woodhull Hospital, where doctors treated the 30-year-old victim for a fractured and dislocated left shoulder, and the 29-year-old victim for a broken finger, according to police.
The suspect turned himself into cops days later, on September 26, after authorities circulated a photo of him snapped by a person who witnessed the act, prosecutors said.
Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun set the defendant’s bail at $15,000 during his Wednesday arraignment and ordered him to return to court on January 16, according to information from Gonzalez’s office.
This article was originally published in Gay City News’ sister publication Brooklyn Paper.

September 28, 2018

Man Arrested on The Hate Gay Attack at Williamsburg Brooklyn



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The New York City Police Department identified Brandon McNamara as the individual identified in this image. He is a suspect in an alleged anti-gay assault in front of Metropolitan Bar in Brooklyn, New York.DCPI
Prior to Wednesday’s arrest, the New York Police Department released an image of the suspect — now identified as Brandon McNamara — and asked the public for help identifying him. NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot F. Shea credited the department’s “partnership with the community” with helping them find McNamara, who allegedly fled the scene of the crime.
“An arrest has been made in the 9-23-18 Hate Crime assault in Brooklyn in which a gay couple was brutally attacked,” Shea wrote on Twitter. “Grateful to those who contacted @NYPDTIPS & assisted the Hate Crimes T.F. quickly apprehend Brandon McNamara. #YourCityYourCall”
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In partnership with the community, an arrest has been made in the 9-23-18 Hate Crime assault in Brooklyn in which a gay couple was brutally attacked. Grateful to those who contacted @NYPDTIPS & assisted the Hate Crimes T.F. quickly apprehend Brandon McNamara.
 McNamara was charged with 10 counts of assault and harassment for allegedly beating and hurling homophobic slurs at two men who had just left a popular gay bar, Metropolitan, in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood.
“The individual punched the 34-year-old in the face which caused him to lose consciousness,” NYPD Sergeant Jessica McRorie told NBC News via email on Monday, prior to McNamara’s arrest. “He then grabbed the 29-year-old and threw him against a tree; also rendering him unconscious.”
McRorie said the younger victim was treated at a hospital for a broken finger, and the other was taken to a hospital with a fractured shoulder. The names of the two victims have not been released.
Reporter Henry Rosoff from local New York news station PIX11 posted a video to Twitter that reportedly shows McNamara’s exit from the NYPD’s 7th Precinct in Manhattan.
In the video, reporters can be heard yelling questions at McNamara, including asking him whether he hates gay people. McNamara did not respond.
According to the most recent FBI hate crimes data, 17 percent of hate crime victims in the U.S. in 2016 were targeted because of their sexual orientation, and most of those victims were gay men. 
Reporter Henry Rosoff from local New York news station PIX11 posted a video to Twitter that reportedly shows McNamara’s exit from the NYPD’s 7th Precinct in Manhattan.
In the video, reporters can be heard yelling questions at McNamara, including asking him whether he hates gay people. McNamara did not respond.
According to the most recent FBI hate crimes data, 17 percent of hate crime victims in the U.S. in 2016 were targeted because of their sexual orientation, and most of those victims were gay men.

September 25, 2018

Gay Hate Attack in Williamsburg, B'klyn Jersey Man Yelling Then Attacks A Couple of Gay Guys on The Street.

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A man attacked two other men after yelling anti-gay slurs at them in Williamsburg Sunday, police said. Photo Credit: NYPD 
A man yelled anti-gay slurs at two other men in Williamsburg Sunday before punching one and shoving the other into a tree, police said. 
The suspect walked up to the victims, 34 and 29 years old, on Metropolitan Avenue, near Union Avenue, at about 12:55 a.m., police said. He punched the 34-year-old in the face, causing him to lose consciousness and fracturing his shoulder. He then grabbed the 29-year-old and threw him against a tree. The younger victim also lost consciousness and had a broken finger.
The 34-year-old was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue and the 29-year-old was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull.
The suspect fled in an unknown direction, but police released an image of him Sunday night.

April 12, 2018

The BiggestGay Therapy Center Operating in Secret After It Was Shut Down in Crown Hghts (Ultra Jewish Cons.)


Courts have ruled out in many states including NJ and New York that Reparative Gay Conversion is a FRAUD along all Health groups

 The ultra conservative Lubavitcher Jews in Crown Hghts, Brooklyn




Levin was one of several young men who successfully sued JONAH that year, the only Jewish gay-conversion therapy organization in the US. JONAH (an acronym for Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, and formerly for Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality) operated out of an office in Jersey City, New Jersey. It referred teenagers and young adults—mostly Jewish men—to self-described therapists like Alan Downing, a man with a theater degree and no psychology education or mental health license.
In 2007, Levin was a teenager growing up in an ultra-orthodox Jewish community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and he felt his attraction to men was incompatible with his understanding of the obligations of his faith. JONAH promised to excise Levin’s sexual orientation from his consciousness, like one might an addiction. At the 2015 trial, Levin and the other plaintiffs described elaborate, pseudoscientific exercises. Downing and others constructed psychodramas, asking the men to strip naked in front of mirrors while saying disparaging things about themselves, bash pillow effigies of their mothers with tennis rackets, and cuddle with older men on floors in groups, among other things, according to the plaintiffs’ testimony. They were also brought to camp-like retreats in the woods, where they were told to shower naked together, wear blindfolds while others shouted scripted epithets at them, and recreate their own births by wriggling out of swaddling blankets, nude.
The American Psychological AssociationAmerican Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and virtually all other major US health-professional groups say gay conversion therapy is psychologically harmful and ineffective. It’s banned in New Jersey and a handful of other states. In 2012, Levin and his co-plaintiffs, represented by the Southern Poverty Law Center and two other law firms, sued JONAH and its founders for consumer fraud. After drawn-out court proceedings, they won in December 2015. The New Jersey Superior court ordered JONAH to close and liquidate its assets by June 2016.
That was supposed to be the end of it.


But 11 days after the jury found JONAH guilty, its founders, Arthur Goldberg and Elaine Berk, opened a new nonprofit: the Jewish Institute for Global Awareness, or JIFGA (which was actually a recycled acronym; the two had previously called their organization the the “Jonah Institute for Gender Affirmation”). JIFGA filed for nonprofit status using JONAH’s old address and phone number.
The legal team behind the original lawsuit filed a motion on March 28 of this year urging the New Jersey court to enforce its original ruling. They allege that JIFGA’s operations are “indistinguishable” from JONAH’s—that it is carrying on as though no court order had happened. In fact, the SPLC sent a letter to JONAH’s lawyers asking for more information about JIFGA in January—and JONAH’s lawyers responded by confirming that yes, their clients were providing referrals to therapists under the new name, and that JIFGA’s new clients “most likely” include individuals “seeking assistance with “same-sex attraction.”
The current JIFGA website includes a page titled “Funding Morality,” which says the organization advocates for a “Judeo-Christian worldview,” which prohibits “sexual deviations,” including homosexuality. In its March motion (pdf), the SPLC noted that the site also linked to a crowdfunding page for a documentary about Joseph Nicolosi, the deceased founder of a Christian ex-gay ministry with chapters across the country; Earlier this week, the page said it was “under construction,” at the time of publication it appears to have been taken down entirely.
If Goldberg and Berk are found in violation of the original order, they would owe the plaintiffs $3.5 million in legal fees. The duo behind JIFGA have until April 27 to respond to the motion—a failure to respond would also be a violation of the original order. When reached by email for comment on April 3, Goldberg told Quartz he hadn’t read the the legal filing. “I am presently out of the country and have not had an opportunity to review the action,” he wrote, replying from an email address that included JONAH in its name.


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December 29, 2016

Young Arab Walks Brooklyn Bridge Cables- Dry run?



A Saudi man was arrested in New York for walking on the beams above the Brooklyn Bridge in broad daylight in an attempt to take a selfie near the top of the structure.
The Saudi man named as Yazeed Elarjani by New York police climbed over a metal gate to gain access to a restricted area of the bridge around 1 p.m. on Monday.
Elarjani was arrested about a half-hour later and told the police he was taking pictures of himself and the bridge, according to the New York Post.
Police had charged him with reckless endangerment and criminal trespass, both misdemeanors according to New York law.
Police said Elarjani is a Fairfax, Virginia resident with no prior arrests in New York City.
AlArabiya.net has contacted several Saudi student groups, one based in Virginia, but was not able to receive a response at of publication.

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