TPAN joins hundreds of our peer LGBTQ organizations to call out for change and call out for change now.
LGBTQ Organizations Unite in Calling for Transformational Change in Policing
Black people have been killed, Black people are dying at the hands of police, our country is in crisis, and we all need to take action. We cannot sit on the sidelines, we cannot acquiesce, and we cannot assign responsibility to others. We, as leaders in the LGBTQ movement, must rise up and call for structural change, for divestment of police resources and reinvestment in communities, and for long-term transformational change. Now is the time to take action, and this letter amplifies our strong calls for urgent and immediate action to be taken.
Ongoing police brutality and systemic racism has plagued this nation for generations and has been captured on video and laid bare to the public in the United States and around the world. In 2019, more than 1,000 people were killed at the hands of the police. We mourn the unacceptable and untimely deaths of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Eric Garner, Stephon Clark, Freddie Gray, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Mya Hall, Tony McDade, Rayshard Brooks and many more who were gone too soon.
We have seen with increased frequency the shocking video footage of police brutality. Officers have been recorded instigating violence, screaming obscenities, dragging individuals out of cars, using unnecessary force, holding individuals at gunpoint, and kneeling on peoples’ necks to the desperate plea of “I can’t breathe.” These occurrences are stark reminders of a police system that needs structural changes, deconstruction, and transformation. No one should fear for their lives when they are pulled over by the police. Parents should not have to “have a talk” about how to engage with the police to their children. We as a nation are bleeding, and it is now, once again, time to call for change at every level of government.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, along with more than 400 other civil rights organizations including LGBTQ organizations, outlined critical steps ranging from demilitarizing law enforcement to ending qualified immunity that must be taken at the federal level to end police brutality and create accountability. In response to the continued violence, Representative Karen Bass (D-CA), working closely with the Congressional Black Caucus and other leaders in Congress, introduced the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 that reflects those core priorities which we support.
We also call for a divestment of public funding from police and a reinvestment in communities. Specifically, both the power and scope of police responsibilities should be significantly curtailed, by shifting certain responsibilities — such as mental health crisis response — from armed police officers to the professionals who are properly trained and better equipped to manage those responsibilities. True change must include the following principles.
Divesting of Public Funding From Police and Investing in Our Communities

Public funding should be shifted from police to reinvesting in our communities. Crime is often a symptom of scarcity and our frayed social safety net is sorely underfunded. The United States spends twice as much on policing, prisons, and courts as it does on direct welfare programs such as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and supplemental social security. Congress, states, and local governments can reduce incidents of crime and create healthy communities by investing in direct assistance programs, affordable housing, education, mental health services, substance abuse treatment, and early intervention programs (including violence interruption programs).
Shifting Most First Responder Responsibilities Away From Police

Our current crisis-response system should place healthcare workers, like social workers and psychiatrists, at the frontline of immediate health crisis events, not police officers. Inadequate healthcare and a lack of social safety nets have led to increased police interaction with individuals experiencing mental health crises. As a result, police officers are often called to assist in mental health emergencies, despite having little or no relevant training. This should change.
End Predictive Policing

We must address and stop the current use of predictive policing techniques that disproportionately affect minority communities. Predictive policing forecasts crime using algorithmic techniques, based on historical crime data, to determine where to deploy police and who is most likely to commit a crime. Not only does this dangerously reinforce discriminatory biases in the criminal justice system, resulting in over-policing of vulnerable communities, such as people of color and those from the LGBTQ community, but there is a lack of transparency from agencies that employ this method. Law enforcement agencies are often not required to share how or what data is being analyzed. Furthermore, these predictive technologies serve to escalate the level of enforcement and increase police presence in communities that are already over-surveilled. All law enforcement strategies must take into account the privacy concerns of the communities being policed, as well as the impact of over-policing on vulnerable communities. The use of predictive policing algorithms disregards both.
Police Union Contracts Should Be Made Public and Officers Held Liable

Currently, police union contracts make it nearly impossible for civilians to view information about officers, including incidents of prior misconduct. In doing so, police officers are shielded from accountability for their actions. The disciplinary history of a police officer whose personnel records are riddled with instances of misconduct and bad behavior should not be protected from public scrutiny. Making these contracts public and removing barriers that restrict access to records of police misconduct would allow for greater transparency and oversight and are necessary for public safety. Police union contracts must also hold police officers financially liable for killings and excessive use of force, including ending paid administrative leave and eligibility to be rehired by police departments.
As we consider these proposals, we should also evaluate how we reduce our over-reliance on policing to secure public safety.We, the undersigned, call out for change and call out for change now. There is no state, no municipal jurisdiction, and no law enforcement agency where transformational changes are not necessary and urgent. When celebrating Pride Month this June, we must remember that the protests and riots from Compton’s Cafeteria to Stonewall were sparked by Black and Latinx transgender women calling for police reform due to harassment and mistreatment of LGBTQ people. We commemorate the history of the LGBTQ Movement, namely our resistance to police harassment and brutality across the nation, when such violence was common and expected. We remember this time as transformative, where we overcame our pain and fear to push for the ability to live a more authentic and free life. Today, we join together again to say that enough is enough. The time for structural change and transformation is now.
African American Office of Gay Concerns African Human Rights Coalition (AHRC) AMAAD Institute
American Civil Liberties Union American Protestant Union Annapolis Pride
APLA Health
Aqua Foundation for Women Arianna's Center
Asexual Outreach
Asexual Visibility and Education Network (AVEN) AsylumConnect
Autistic Women and Nonbinary Network AVOL Kentucky
B. Riley Sober House Basic Rights Oregon Baton Rouge Pride
Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice
Being Alive/People with AIDS Action Coalition, Inc. Bet Mishpachah
BHT Foundation
Bi Women Quarterly BiLaw
Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center BiPOL
Bisexual Organizing Project (BOP) Bisexual Resource Center
BJF Interiors
Black Trans Advocacy Coalition Black Trans Women Inc
Blue Ridge Pride Center, Inc. Boston Gay Men's Chorus Boston Pride
Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center Brooklyn Community Pride Center Campaign for Southern Equality
Campus Pride CANDLE
Care Resource Community Health Centers, Inc. Cascade AIDS Project
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers Central Outreach Wellness
Cincinnati Men's Chorus Coastal Bend PRIDE Center Colors+
Community Education Group Compass LGBTQ Community Center Contigo Fund
Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide Dallas Voice/Voice Publishing Co.
Deaf Queer Resource Center Desert AIDS Project Diocese of Southern Ohio
Disciples LGBTQ+ Alliance - AllianceQ Dolphin Democrats
Drag Story Hour- Arizona East Bay Getting to Zero EduTechnologic
End Hep C SF
Equal Rights Washington Equality Arizona
Equality Business Alliance Equality California
Equality Delaware Foundation Equality Florida
Equality Michigan Equality Nevada Equality New York Equality North Carolina Equality Ohio
Equality Prince William Equality Texas
Equality Utah EqualityMaine Equitas Health
Equitas Health Institute Family Equality
Fijate Bien Program/MPact Global Action for Gay Men's Health and Rights FL NOW (National Organization for Women)
Florida LGBTQ+ Democratic Caucus Florida Trans Proud Inc
Four Corners Rainbow Youth Center Frank Harr Foundation
Freedom for All Americans Freedom Through Healing
FreeState Justice - Maryland's LGBTQ+ Advocates Friendly House Inc/SAGE Metro Portland
GAPIMNY—Empowering Queer & Trans Asian Pacific Islanders Gay City: Seattle's LGBTQ Center
Gay Freedom Band of Los Angeles (GFBLA) Gender Equality New York
Georgia Equality
Get Out And Trek (GOAT) GLAAD
GLBT Alliance of Santa Cruz GLBT Historical Society
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality GLSEN
GLSEN Southern Nevada
Harvey Milk Festival, Inc Harvey Milk Foundation Have A Gay Day
Hawai'i Institute for Human Rights Hearts on a Wire
Henderson Equality Center Hester Street Fair, LLC
Hetrick-Martin Institute: New Jersey Holyoke Pride
Hope & Help, Inc. Horizons Foundation
Houston GLBT Political Caucus Howard Brown Health
Hudson Pride Center
Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation Human Rights Alliance Santa Fe Human Rights Campaign Identity, Inc.
Immigration Equality Inside Out Youth Services
Institute for LGBT Health and Wellbeing International Association of Providers of AIDS Care InterPride
Jackson Pride Center JustUs Health
KatKeo Properties LLC Keshet
Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles Lambda Legal
Latino LinQ
Lesbians of Color Symposium (LOCS) Collective, Inc. Lesbians Who Tech & Allies
Leslie Lohman Museum of Art
LGBT Caucus of the California Democratic Party LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland LGBT Life Center
LGBTQ Allyship LGBTQ Center OC
LGBTQ Center of Bay County
LGBTQ Community Center of Southern Nevada LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert
LGBTQ Northwest Indiana / Northwest Indiana Pride LGBTQ+Allies Lake County
Liberty City LGBTQ Democratic Club
Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth (LIGALY) Long Island LGBT Community Center
Lorain County LGBTQ+ & Allies Task Force Los Angeles Bi Task Force
Los Angeles LGBT Center Mass Equality
Math4cure Mazzoni Center
Media for the Public Good, Inc. / OutCasting Media Meroe & Wellness, LLC
Methodist Federation for Social Action Movement Advancement Project Nashville LGBT Chamber
Nashville Pride
National Black  Justice Coalition National Center for Lesbian Rights National Center for Transgender Equality National Coalition for LGBT Health National Equality Action Team (NEAT) National LGBT Cancer Network
National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) National LGBTQ Task Force
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Inc. National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA)
National Queer Theater National Trans Visibility March
National Working Positive Coalition New England Aces
New York City AIDS Memorial New York City Gay Men's Chorus New York LGBT Network
North Carolina AIDS Action Network North Shore Alliance of LGBTQ Youth Oakland LGBTQ Community Center Oasis Legal Services
Oklahomans for Equality ONE Archives Foundation One Colorado
One Orlando Alliance one-n-ten
ORAM - Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration oSTEM
Our Family Coalition Out & Equal
Out Boulder County
OUT Georgia Business Alliance Out in Tech
Out in the Open
Out In The Vineyard Out Leadership
Out on Film
OutCenter of Southwest Michigan Outfest
OutRight Action International OUTspoken Leaders
Palm Beach County Human Rights Council Pan Eros Foundation
Partnership Project
Peer Support Space, Inc. Peoria Proud
PFLAG Cape Cod
PFLAG Crown Point (Northwest Indiana) PFLAG National
PFLAG Olympia PFLAG Orlando, Inc. PFLAG South Miami PFLAG Spartanburg
PFLAG Washington State Council PFund Foundation
Philadelphia Family Pride Phoenix Gay Men's Chorus Phoenix Pride
Planned Parenthood Keystone
Planned Parenthood Keystone's Youth Programs (Rainbow Room, The Spectrum, The Curve) Plexus LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Point Foundation PRC
Pride Arts (Pride Films and Plays) Pride at Work
Pride Center of the Capital Region Pride Center West Texas
Pride Community Center, Inc (Brazos Valley, Texas) Pride Community Services Organization
Pride Films and Plays/Pride Arts Pride Fund 1
Pride Law Fund
Project MORE Foundation Project No Labels PROMO
Proud Haven Inc
Q Christian Fellowship QLatinx
QLaw Foundation of Washington Queens LGBT Center (Q-Center) Queer Connect, Inc.
Queer Kid Stuff Queerocracy
Rainbow Elder Care of Greater Dayton Rainbow Pride Youth Alliance Rebellious PR & Consulting Reconciling Ministries Network Resource Center
Rhode Island Pride Ring of Keys
Rockland County Pride Center
RUSA LGBT - Russian-speaking American Association Sacramento LGBT Community Center
Safe Schools Action Network
SAGE -- Advocacy and Services for LGBT Elders SAGE Metro Detroit
SAGE Upstate
San Diego LGBT Visitors Center San Diego Pride
San Francisco AIDS Foundation
San Francisco Community Health Center
San Francisco Dykes on Bikes® Womens Motorcycle Contingent Sandhills PRIDE
Sarwood Inc.
SAVE - Safeguarding American Values for Everyone Seattle Aces and Aros
Seattle Choruses: SMC/SWC Sero Project
SF LGBT Center Side by Side VA
Silver State Equality-Nevada SOJOURN
Southern Arizona Gender Alliance SpeakOUT Boston
Spectrum Spokane
Stanislaus LGBTQ+ Collaborative for Well-Being StartOut
Still Bisexual Stonewall Columbus
Stonewall Democratic Club Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio
Stonewall National Museum & Archives Stonewall Sports - Richmond
SunServe TBuddy
Tennessee Equality Project Texas Pride Impact Funds The Affirmative Couch, LLC The Bearded Ladies Cabaret The Box Gallery
The Bros in Convo Initiative The Chroma Museum
The Cubbyhole Bar
The DC Center for the LGBT Community The Diversity Center
The Fund for Community Reparations for Autistic People of Color's Interdependence, Survival, and Empowerment
The Great Griffon
The Hetrick-Martin Institute
The Human Rights Alliance Santa F
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center The LGBT Asylum Project
The LGBT Center of Greater Reading The LGBT Pink Panthers Movement The LGBTQ Center Long Beach
The LOFT LGBT Community Services Center The OUT Foundation
The Pride Center at Equality Park The Pride Center of Maryland The Rainbow Times
The San Diego LGBT Community Center The Source LGBT+ Center
The Spahr Center
The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative The Transgender Training Institute
The TransLatin@ Coalition The Trevor Project
Three Dollar Bill Cinema (Seattle Queer Film Festival) TPAN
Trans In Color
TransFamily Support Services Transgender Assistance Program Virginia

Transgender L
egal Defense & Education Fund Transgender Michigan
transnewyork TransOhio
True Colors United True Colors, Inc.
Truth Wins Out TurnOut
Under The Arc
Uplift Outreach Center
Uptown Gay & Lesbian Alliance (UGLA) Valley
AIDS Council
Valley Community Healthcare Virtual Arizona Pride Watermark
Waves Ahead Corp & SAGE Puerto Rico WayOUT
Wenatchee Pride White Mountains Pride
Whitman-Walker Institute
William Way LGBT Community Center Woodhull Freedom Foundation
Yakima Pride
Yale GALA: Yale's LGBT Alumni
Young Democrats of Georgia LGBTQ+ Caucus Youth Outlook
Youth Pride, Inc. Zebra Coalition