On June 11, 2014, I attended the City Council meeting at City Hall with BreakOUT!
to address the many problems that affect LGBTQ citizens in the criminal (in)justice system in New Orleans. We were invited to attend by Human Rights Watch Megan McClemore, who was presenting on findings and recommendations from the report, In Harm’s Way: State Response to Sex Workers, Drug Users, and HIV in New Orleans.
Also presenting was Women With a Vision.
The Committee, the Community Development Committee, was chaired by Councilmember Cantrell and was particularly interested in the health impacts of over-policing, the use of condoms as evidence of prostitution, the criminalization of transgender women, and disproportionate rates of HIV among the Black LGBTQ