Report details abuse against gay community

By Marni Usheroff. Published in the Queens Chronicle on Thursday, October 25.

Karina Claudio-Betancourt speaks at the press conference. (Credit: Marni Usheroff)

Cristina, a transgender Latina woman, said police arrested her when she left a Jackson Heights club with her boyfriend early one morning. They assumed she was a prostitute.

“They took my bag and emptied it on the floor,” Cristina said through a translator before a packed room in Make the Road New York’s Jackson Heights office on Tuesday. “Because they found condoms, they used that as evidence of prostitution.”

Cristina was one of numerous…

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