NYPD and New York State lawmakers introduce new app to help protect transgender youth

MANHATTAN BOTTOM, New York — In honor of National Coming Out Day, New York lawmakers and the NYPD announced a plan to protect transgender youth.

The NYPD on Tuesday launched new technology that officers can use on the streets to expand its support for LGBTQAI+ New Yorkers.

“The app we’re talking about today is critically important,” said former New York State Senator Tom Duane.

“This will become an invaluable tool in providing assistance to victims of crime and facilitating community outreach and neighborhood policing,” said NYPD Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell.

The NYPD commissioner was joined by current and former lawmakers in rolling out this new resource on National Coming Out Day, now in its 34th year.

The new application was installed Tuesday on the smartphones of nearly 35,000 agents in the department.

It has interactive maps to make it easy to locate real-time support and services.

“If someone is looking for legal, medical, mental health refuge or a host of life-saving services, they can now turn to any NYPD officer for help,” Sewell said.

Hopefully more members of the gay, transgender and non-binary community will turn to NYPD officers – especially after they were banned from the Pride Parade in 2021 after a slew of complaints that their presence was intimidating.

“Now NYPD officers will have this critical information at their fingertips and can share it with the people we serve,” Sewell said.

“On National Coming Out Day, we are announcing our legislation to fight back in the war on transgender youth,” said New York State Senator Brad Hoylman.

Meanwhile, in the West Village on Tuesday, state lawmakers and members of the LGBTQ+ community introduced a gender-affirming care bill — crucial support not available in other states.

“We welcome transgender children and their families to New York City with open arms by making New York State a safe haven for these young people and their families,” Hoylman said.

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