“To keep our communities safe, it will take all of us coming together around our shared values and demanding change. As District Attorney, I will be committed to reducing violence toward the LGBTQ community by aggressively and appropriately prosecuting hate crimes.”

I believe that the District Attorney’s job is to keep you safe — no matter where you are, what you do, or whom you love.

As we celebrate Pride and honor the work started at Stonewall and Compton’s Cafeteria, we cannot forget what is at stake in the ongoing fight for LGBTQ equality. Already in 2019, ten transgender women have been killed in homicides nationwide. Five of these deadly hate crimes occurred just this month. All of us must face the reality of how dangerous it can be for transgender people — particularly transgender women of color.

Here in San Francisco, we can take pride in finding sanctuary with each other. But even the City of St. Francis isn’t immune to alarmingly similar trends. According to a study conducted by the S.F. LGBT Center, 48 percent of LGBTQ people had experienced sexual violence in their lifetime, 68 percent experienced physical violence, and 81 percent experienced harassment.

Building Meaningful Partnerships

To keep our communities safe, it will take all of us coming together around our shared values and demanding change. As District Attorney, I will be committed to reducing violence toward the LGBTQ community by aggressively and appropriately prosecuting hate crimes.

  • By collaborating with the Board of Supervisors, particularly Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, to better employ SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity) data to understand how our city government does and does not serve the LGBTQ community.
  • By creating the first-ever Civil Rights Unit within the office of the San Francisco District Attorney — charged with creating solutions to eliminate disparities in our criminal justice system that affect individuals of all racial and gender identities, sexual orientations, religious affiliations, and physical abilities.
  • By adding hate crimes to the list of special initiatives under the Criminal Division Specialized Crimes Chief. The San Francisco District Attorney’s Office must treat hate crimes with the same level of priority as it does with other violent crime.

“All young people, regardless of their sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.”

Protecting the Most Vulnerable Youh

Homelessness among LGBTQ youth is unacceptably high. Lyric, a nonprofit organization that assists queer youth, recently found that 59 percent of the minors it serves were homeless. According to Jodi Schwartz, executive director of Lyric, “almost all of those young people have been victims of sexual assault, domestic violence or bullying.”

All young people, regardless of their sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. To reverse this trend and protect our LGBTQ youth, I will:

  • Ensure that the Victims Services department under the District Attorney’s office will assist in the accommodation of housing to youth who are survivors of crime.
  • Coordinate with homeless shelters and nonprofit organizations throughout the city to find safe shelter for our young people.
  • Support San Francisco’s First-of-its-Kind Shelter for Transgender Youth.

LGBTQ Pride Month is a time to celebrate the incredible progress we’ve made and remind us that the fight for true equality continues. As Coretta Scott King said: “Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.” As District Attorney, I will be a committed and steadfast ally in the fight for equity and safety for all our communities.