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DCTC Grieves After Violence Claims Yet Another Transgender Woman’s Life; Vigil on Saturday

Today, we have sad news. Another trans sister has been taken from us. See here or here for news articles about the events, and read our press release below (also available as a PDF). Please share this statement widely, and come to the vigil this Saturday, July 23rd at 7pm on the 6100 block of Dix Street NE.

July 21, 2011

Contact: Vanessa Crowley
202.681.3282 / dctc@dctranscoalition.org

DC Trans Coalition Grieves After Violence Claims Yet Another Transgender Woman’s Life
Group Calls for Solidarity in Response to Violence in Our Communities

Washington, DC – In the early hours of Wednesday, July 20th, 2011, Lashai Mclean, a 23 year old transgender woman, was murdered in Northeast DC.  The murder took place near the Wanda Alston House, a housing program for homeless LGBTQ youth operated by Transgender Health Empowerment (T.H.E.). Another trans woman was present during the attack and, thankfully, escaped. The Metropolitan Police Department has no leads or possible motives, and has not classified Lashai’s murder as a hate crime.

Lashai was a friend to many people in the community – including several DC Trans Coalition (DCTC) organizers who offer our sincerest condolences to those grieving this loss. We must stress once again the absolute necessity for the police and media to respect Lashai’s gender identity. The least we can do to honor her memory is to respect her chosen, lived identity.

While nothing can bring back those we have lost or undo the suffering we share, we can and should confront the daily terror and anxiety that trans and gender non-conforming people face. We can do this by building networks of mutual support and solidarity that sustain our efforts to feel safe and make change. Together, we must challenge institutional racism, poverty, transphobic attitudes, lack of social services, criminalization of sex work, and other policies that jeopardize our security.

We demand that MPD make finding Lashai’s killer a top priority, lest she become a repeat of the unsolved 2009 lethal stabbing of Tyli’a “NaNa Boo” Mack in broad daylight, or the 2010 assault of Chloe Moore by an off-duty MPD officer who has not been charged in the case. “Lashai’s murder is yet another visceral reminder that transgender women are consistently placed in dangerous situations. These acts of violence are not isolated incidents.  The recent findings of the DC Trans Needs Assessment show trans communities in DC have overwhelming concern for our physical safety,” said Sadie Vashti, a DCTC organizer who knew Lashai. “Regardless of the individual motive in this case, our lives are institutionally marginalized and regarded as expendable. This makes trans women – especially women of color and those involved, or presumed to be involved, in the sex industry – far more susceptible to violence.”

We continue to hope for a future where there are no more senseless and violent deaths in our communities. Lashai’s memory will strengthen our resolve to continue surviving, supporting one another, and struggling for a better world.  T.H.E. will be hosting a vigil July 23rd at 7pm on the 6100 block of Dix Street NE, the site where Lashai was killed.  


The DC Trans Coalition (DCTC) is a volunteer, grassroots, community-based organization dedicated to fighting for human rights, dignity, and liberation for transsexual, transgender and gender-diverse people in the District of Columbia.  To learn more, please visit our website at www.dctranscoalition.org.  You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook

Three Important Events This Week!

Tuesday August 24th

Our Needs Assessment Working Group will be meeting from 7:30 to 9:00pm at SoHo cafe (2150 P St NW, at the corner of 22nd).  Click here for a map!  It’s within a couple of blocks of several metro stops: Dupont Circle, Farragut North and Farragut West.

This group will be working to design a new needs assessment for trans people in the DC Metro area. This is an open meeting, please feel free to attend if you would like to get involved! Contact dctranscoalition@gmail.com for further details.

Thursday August 26th

Forum on Recent Violence against the LGBT Community:  Marking the Anniversary of the Death of ‘Na Na Boo’ Mack and the 15th Anniversary of the Death of Tyra Hunter
In light of recent incidents of violence, GLOV in partnership with Transgender Health Empowerment, Latinos en Accion, and other LGBT organizations, will hold a special Town Hall Meeting on Thursday August 26th at 7:00 PM at the DC Center for the LGBT Community, 1318 U Street NW.

We will also be marking the one year anniversary of the death of “Na Na Boo’ Mack and the 15th anniversary of the death of Tyra Hunter.  We hope to get updates on the investigation into the murder of Na Na Boo.

Please join us for this meeting and come with your ideas, energy, and commitment to respond to the violence against our community. For more information, please contact contact@thedccenter.org or dctranscoalition@gmail.com or check out the event’s facebook page.

Friday August 27th

“Don’t Make Me Take Off My Earrings” A Stand Up Comedy Show & Benefit Event

A Stand Up Comedy Show featuring Sampson with special guest Dawn Henderson. Tickets are $15 and a portion of the proceeds will benefit The Wanda Alston House (an LGBT youth shelter). Please come and and show your support!  The event is from 10:00 to 11:30pm at the DC Arts Center  in Adams Morgan, 2438 18th Street NW.  For more information, check out the event’s facebook page.

Tomorrow morning Ursula and company will call you at 8:30/2:30 to discuss the inside higher ed piece.  Your one on one with Jill will follow, and she has sent background materials for that meeting.

Trans/LGBQ Youth Health Fair & Cook-out // Parrillada y Ferria de Salud para Jóvenes Trans/LGBQ

DCTC will be tabling at the Trans/LGBQ Youth Health Fair & Cook-out this Friday, and would like to invite our members and supporters. Join SMYAL and other community members for workshops, dance, food, helpful health information and more. Event is open to all regardless of their gender identity. All interested individuals and parties should contact Erin at erin.mascarella@smyal.org.

When: Friday, June 18th at 4:00 – 9:00pm.
Latin American Youth Center’s Art & Media House  3035 15th St NW (Columbia Heights)
Dance Party! Food! STI & HIV Testing! Erotic Consent Workshop! Hormone Info! Prizes!

Fecha: viernes, 18 de junio de 4:00 a 9:00pm.
Lugar: Latin American Youth Center’s Art & Media House  3035 15th St NW (Columbia Heights)
Baile! Comida! Pruebas de VIH y ITS! Taller de Consentimiento Erótico! Información sobre Hormonas! Premios!
Tod@s son bienvenid@s.

Sponsored by: Transgender Health Empowerment, Inc.; HIPS; Latin American Youth Center; La  Clínica del Pueblo; SMYAL

(click to enlarge fliers)

Recent Anti-Trans Violence in Northeast

From Metro Weekly:

Trans Woman Shot

Non-fatal shooting in Northeast leads to arrest

by Yusef Najafi
Published on June 7, 2010, 3:47pm

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) announced on Friday, June 4, that members of MPD’s 6th District are investigating an assault with a dangerous weapon, which occurred on the 400 block of Eastern Avenue NE during the early hours of Friday morning.

In an e-mail sent to particular members of the LGBT community only, including the co-chairs of Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) and Transgender Health Empowerment (THE), the MPD states: “The initial investigation reveals there may be a bias motivation to the crime. The victim suffered a gunshot wound to the leg. An arrest has been made in this case.”

Earline Budd of THE, who forwarded the MPD e-mail to Metro Weekly on Monday, June 7, confirmed that the victim was a member of the transgender community, though she was unaware of the victim’s name.

“The reason why this is critical information is because it’s happening all around against transgender people,” says Budd. “It’s not just an isolated incident.”

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.

Don’t Forget! Tomorrow is the 2009 Trans Day of Remembrance

Join Transgender Health Empowerment, the DC Trans Coalition and others to commemorate the 2009 Trans Day of Remembrance with speakers and a nondenominational ceremony. Snacks will be provided. Speakers include Diego Sanchez, openly-trans legislative aide to Senator Barney Frank, and Barry Peyton, father of recently murdered Ty’lia “Na Na Boo” Mack.

Contact dctranscoalition@gmail.com if you need help getting to the event, or if you have any questions. The closest metro station is Mt. Vernon Square/7th St Conv Ctr (Green/Yellow Line).

You can read DCTC’s statement about TDOR here: https://dctranscoalition.wordpress.com/2009/11/08/our-statement-for-the-2009-trans-day-of-remembrance-2/

Also, local GLBT magazine Metro Weekly has a powerful interview with advocate Earline Budd in today’s issue. In it, she discusses some of the harsh realities faced by trans people, especially young trans women of color and sex-workers, including incarceration, family rejection and homelessness. In honor of TDOR, we hope you’ll take a look by following this link:  “Trans Awakening: Earline Budd’s journey has been difficult and dangerous — and led her to bring compassion to her activism

Trans Awakening

Earline Budd’s journey has been difficult and dangerous — and led her to bring compassion to her activism