“Every year, we observe Transgender Day of Remembrance across the country to honor the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. On the eve of this day, five people were murdered and 25 others were wounded at a LGBTQIA+ Colorado Springs nightclub. This was a stark and ugly reminder that while the LGBTQIA+ community has made progress in recent years, the hatred of those who are different, continues unabated in this country.
“We can’t accept hate as the new normal. In Newark, we are fighting back. Our Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery, is establishing a database of hate groups, including those targeting the LGBTQIA+ community. The Office will add to that list as new groups are identified. When hate groups and individuals come to Newark to spew their hatred, they will quickly find out that in Newark, by ordinance, activity by any hate group, including meetings, postings and graffiti, is against the law.
“Today, as we remember and honor the lives of those lost, we rededicate ourselves to continue to fight shoulder to shoulder alongside the LGBTQIA+ community in the struggle to achieve justice and safety for all Americans.”