Howdy from DCTC!

We wanted to take a minute to invite you to our upcoming meetings, and to share some information with you about what we’re working on. We really hope to see you soon!

Upcoming Events
Tuesday, February 15, 7:30pm: Bi-monthly DCTC Meeting — Austin Center @ Whitman Walker Clinic, 14th & R Streets NW
Tuesday, February 22, 7:30pm: Needs Assessment Working Group — Soho Coffee, 22nd & P Streets NW
Tuesday, March 1, 7:30pm: Bi-monthly DCTC Meeting — Austin Center @ Whitman Walker Clinic, 14th & R Streets NW

What we’ve been up to
It’s been a busy winter! Below are a few updates on what we’ve been doing. If you want to get involved in a project, write to dctc@dctranscoalition.org or call us at 202.681.DCTC (202.681.3282), or better yet, come to a meeting!

Needs Assessment. Our community roundtable discussions are now underway! Our goal is to explore and document many issues facing members of the trans community, and we’re currently holding roundtable discussions with trans communities throughout DC as the first phase of the project. If you would like to participate in a roundtable or volunteer to help organize the project, please write to dctransneeds@gmail.com.

Police Liaison. We work with several local organizations to train new Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU) officers, training about 90 officers in 2010, and planning to train 100 more over seven sessions in 2011. We also meet with GLLU once a month to discuss hate crimes and recently had a conference call with police chief Cathy Lanier to go over hate crimes statistics for 2010. We need volunteers to help train the officers, so please let us know if you want to help out!

Anti-Bullying Law. We have been working with our allies and lobbying the DC Council to pass a recently introduced bill to prevent bullying in DC schools at all education levels. We’ll keep you posted about progress and ways you can help us get this passed!

Government Oversight. We’re planning to testify at the DC Council’s annual oversight hearing on the Office of Human Rights and the Office of LGBT Affairs in early March. If you have experiences with those agencies, or with any other DC Government agency that you would like to share, please drop us a line!

Creating Change. Several DCTC members went to the Creating Change conference to talk about our successes and challenges here in DC and to meet with partners from around the country. We even got some media coverage around the release of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey report. Check out the press coverage here.

Thanks so much for being awesome and for reading our little update. See you soon!

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