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DCTC joins in Community Response to Hate Crimes Assessment Task Force

Today, DCTC joined with six other DC LGBTQ community organizations in responding to the Hate Crimes Assessment Task Force report released by the Metropolitan Police Department on February 26. Taken together, the Task Force Report, MPD’s response, and the community response provide an essential starting point to improving relations between MPD and DC’s LGBTQ communities.

In the community response, we thank the Task Force for their research and findings. In general, we agree with the recommendations that the Task Force put forward. Our recommendations are designed to build upon the Task Force report by offering concrete steps that MPD and community organizations can take that, over time, will allow for positive change in how LGBTQ-police interactions occur in DC. The community response also looks beyond the issue of hate crimes to discuss response to intimate partner violence in LGBTQ relationships, interactions with LGBTQ youth, and interactions with sex workers. We look forward to engaging with MPD to begin implementing these recommendations.

Finally, the community response offers three specific recommendations to the DC Council, including:

  • Repeal Prostitution Free Zones and decriminalize sex work,
  • Strengthen the authority of the Office of Police Complaints, and
  • Hold annual hearings on marginalized community relations with MPD

UPDATE: A community forum to discuss the recommendations and next steps will be held at Casa Ruby on Wednesday, March 26, at 7:00pm. You can RSVP via facebook or by emailing vvillano@transequality.org.

To read the Community Response to the Hate Crimes Assessment Task Force, please click here (pdf).

Click here to read the Report of the Hate Crimes Assessment Task Force and MPD’s response (pdf).

Announcing our 2011 Trans Town Hall Meeting

We’re tremendously excited to announce our annual town hall forum, complete with tasty lunch!

We invite members of the local transgender, transsexual, and gender non-conforming community in the DC area to join us on Saturday, December 3 at 12:30pm for food and discussion at the Columbia Heights Community Center.

We want to know what you’ve been experiencing over the past year and what DCTC can do to help improve your lives. Plus, we’ll give you an update on some of the exciting projects that we have going on these days.

Free food and drink will be provided, as well as a limited number of transportation vouchers and door prizes.

More information is available on the attached flier. Please refer to it yourself; forward it to your friends, co

lleagues, clients, or constituents; and/or hang it up somewhere prominent!

We hope to see as many of you from the trans community as possible on December 3! You can RSVP on Facebook here.

Greater DC People’s Assembly & LGBTQ Breakout: Saturday!

Hello friends & allies! We wanted to extend a personal invitation to an important event coming up this Saturday: THE GREATER DC PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY, presented by the DC Metro Social Forum.  Also, Sadie-Ryanne will be facilitating a breakout session for LGBTQ organizers. The session will be a time for us to reflect on some of the goals, successes and strategies that we have in mind as we think about the better world that we’re all working toward. So come meet and network with tons of other awesome activists and ensure that LGBTQ issues are included in the broader social justice movement!

Saturday, May 15, 2010.
Plymouth Congregational UCC
5301 North Capitol Street, NE. Fort Totten Metro Station (green/red lines)

For more information, to RSVP or sign on to the campaign check out www.greaterDCsocialforum.ning.com.
Need childcare? Please RSVP with # of children, special needs and language needs by May 7.
Lunch provided! Suggested donation $7.
AFTER PARTY! Dance for peace all night long: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=104487136262947

“One of the things that has to be faced is the process of waiting to change the system, how much we have got to do to find out who we are, where we have come from and where we are going.”  -Ella Baker

More info below the cut.
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DCTC in MetroWeekly: “Dinner and Dialogue”

The following article is from this week’s issue of Metro Weekly and is also available online here:  http://www.metroweekly.com/news/?ak=5071


Dinner and Dialogue

DC Trans Coalition calls on the trans community to join them for a meal with meaning, identifying goals in the coming year

by Yusef Najafi
Published on April 8, 2010, 8:34am
While the ”Trans Town Hall Dinner” is open to not only the transgender community, but also anyone who identifies as an ally, local transgender activist Alison Gill says organizers are hoping to see more of the former.

”The focus is definitely for the trans community,” she says of the Sunday, April 11, gathering. ”The goal is definitely to hear trans voices.”

Gill says she’s hoping those voices help the DC Trans Coalition (DCTC), organizer of the event, set its goals for the coming year.

”We do community forums every six months to a year, and the idea is to reach out to the entire trans community and understand what issues are most affecting their daily lives and what issues they’d like us to focus on in our activist efforts.”

Over the past two years, DCTC’s main focus has been on improved policies for transgender people established with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the D.C. Department of Corrections.

”We’re still going to focus on those efforts and implementation,” she says, ”but we also need to refocus a bit and see where the community needs us to do the most work right now.”

While organizers predict much of the April 11 discussion will continue to focus on MPD and District jails, the talk will likely include employment and health issues.

Dinner will be served at the event, which is free and sponsored by the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) and Transgender Health Empowerment (THE). There will also be a sign-language interpreter, as well as someone to translate for Spanish speakers.

For location details or to RSVP for the Trans Town Hall Dinner, call 202-557-1951, or visit dctranscoalition.org. The April 11 event runs from 2 to 5 p.m.


(español abajo)

Are you transgender, transsexual, gender-variant or an ally? Would you like to get to know other trans people and build a stronger community in DC? If so, please join us for a dinner and town-hall meeting this April!

We’re going to have fun, share food and share our thoughts on how to make DC a better place for trans people like us. Come learn about:

  • your rights under the law
  • the best places to get health services
  • efforts to end police brutality, denial of hormones for prisoners and other injustices
  • how to get involved!

Time: Sunday April 11th 2010, from 2:00-5:00pm
Location: HIPS
(**please contact us for address/directions**)

Food provided. Door prizes! Metro/bus fare and English-to-Spanish translation available. ASL interpretation and Childcare available.*
For more information, visit
dctranscoalition.org or call 202.557.1951.

Sponsors of the event include the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) and Transgender Health Empowerment, Inc.
While non-trans allies are welcome, this will be a time for trans people to empower ourselves, so please respect our space.
*To allow us to plan accordingly please notify us at
dctranscoalition@gmail.com or at the above number at least four days in advance if you have childcare needs or will be requesting an ASL interpreter.


¿Eres transgénero, transexual, de genero variante o un aliado? ¿Te gustaría encontrar otras personas trans y construir una comunidad más fuerte en DC? Entonces ven a participar en una cena y una reunión con nosotros este abril.

También vamos a compartir nuestras opiniones sobre cómo podemos hacer un DC mejor para personas trans como nosotros. Ven a aprender sobre:

  • sus derechos legales
  • los mejores lugares para obtener servicios de salud
  • campañas para parar violencia policial, la negación de hormonas para presos y otras injusticias
  • como puedes ayudar!

Fecha: domingo, 11 de abril, 2010. Hora: 2:00-5:00pm
Lugar: HIPS
(**favor de escríbanos para la dirección**)

Tendremos comida y premios en la entrada. Dinero para Metro/bus y traducción de Ingles a Español va a ser disponible. Cuidado de niños disponible*. Para más información, llama al Coalición Trans, 202.557.1951 o visite dctranscoalition.org.

Las organizaciones que apoyan esta cena son el Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) y Transgender Health Empowerment, Inc. Gente que no son trans están bienvenidos, pero va a estar un tiempo para personas trans a empoderarse. Entonces favor de respetar nuestro espacio.
*Si necesita cuidado de niños, favor de llámanos (o escribir a dctranscoalition@gmail.com) cuatro días antes de la reunión.