New York City has long been home to the largest population of LGBTQIA+ residents in the Nation. Rich in LGBTQIA+ history, such as the Stonewall riots, New York City has a tumultuous history of both welcoming and marginalizing this community. 


Over the last several years, as New York City has been experiencing a rise in overall numbers of hate crimes, the City has gradually become less welcoming for the LGBTQIA+ population. Far too often the target of hatred and violence, the LGBTQIA+ community needs support and protection now more than ever. 

Recent Mayoral-elect Eric Adams has the opportunity to show his support to the LGBTQIA+ population by enacting policy that seeks to protect the community and show New York City as a whole that hate is not welcomed here. 

Wagner Review  and Stonewall Policy Alliance are partnering to create a call for proposals. We invite you to write a (maximum) 2-page policy memo that proposes some ways in which Mayor Adams’ administration can support and protect the LGBTQIA+ community. While we invite students and alumni to consider the following prompts below, it is not mandatory to follow them. You may write on any topics within the scope of the question as you’d like. 

  • How can Mayor Adams seek to protect the Transgender population who are disproportionaltely negatively impacted by hate crimes in our City?
  • How can Mayor Adams support the safety and celebration of the LGBTQIA+ community as New York City continues to expand upon the annual Pride Parade?
  • Mayor Adams helps to support members of the LGBTQIA+ who are living with HIV/AIDs?
  • How can Mayor Adams ensure that New York City public schools are safe and supportive spaces for all students who are identified as members of the LGBTQIA+ community and allies?
  • How can we protect members of the LGBTQIA+ community who also identify as a part of another marginalized group(s) that have suffered from an increase in targeted discrimination (violent or non violent)? (e.g. Asian, Jewish, immigrant, Black, etc.)

Proposals may be submitted here by Friday, March 25th date. Current students may be invited to present their proposal at the Wagner Review Policy Conference on Friday, April 29th.

About the student groups:

Wagner Review: NYU Wagner Review is the student-run academic journal of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. NYU Wagner Review promotes dialogue on a wide range of issues related to public service by publishing original peer-reviewed research, scholarship, and commentary from a diverse group of students and alumni that reflects the academic programs offered and scholarly research conducted at NYU Wagner.

Stonewall Policy Alliance: The purpose of the Stonewall Policy Alliance (henceforward, “SPA”) shall be to increase the Wagner community’s knowledge and understanding of issues affecting the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender and Queer-identified (LGBTQ) community by facilitating productive dialogue, promoting alliances, and fostering partnerships between other LGBTQ organizations both within NYU and throughout the greater NYC area. Through these activities, SPA seeks to foster an environment that allows for the Wagner community and other outside stakeholders to think critically about issues of identity and diversity and work towards a more inclusive approach to public service.