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 email@example.com.
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).
Please join members of the DC Trans Coalition and many others as we support the work of one of our partner community organizations, SMYAL!
Wednesday, June 1 · 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
1526 14th Street NW (Dupont Circle or U Street Metro)
Guests are welcome and encouraged to forward this invitation and share the event listing with as many other local women as they like.
Now in its third year, Women for SMYAL is a chance for local lesbian, bisexual, transgender and ally women to meet over complimentary beverages and light hors d’oeuvres while learning about SMYAL’s programs to empower our community’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth… and develop a new generation of leaders.
Women for SMYAL is free and open to the public. An assortment of good food, beer, wine, soft drinks, great music and exceptional company will be provided for your enjoyment. Guests must be 21 or older to
For more information or if you require special assistance, please contact Jason Maglaughlin, SMYAL’s Director of Development and Communications, at Jason.Maglaughlin@smyal.org or 202-567-3159.
To learn more about SMYAL, visit http://SMYAL.org/ .
RSVP on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=199880870047916
For photos from last year’s Women for SMYAL, visit
Last week, newly-elected Mayor Gray’s Director of the Office of GLBT Affairs, Jeffrey Richardson, attended a DC Trans Coalition meeting. Members of DCTC educated the Director about the needs of trans communities in the District, and we were assured that trans people (along with youth and aging LGBT people) would be among the administration’s top concerns.
For the occasion, DCTC prepared a list of priorities for the Gray Administration, and shared this with the Director. We broke it down by agency and listed the most pressing and achievable goals for each. Among our list were:
- End the Prostitution Free Zones and move toward decriminalizing sex work;
- Nominate one or more trans people to serve on the Commission on Human Rights;
- Enforce the gender-neutral bathroom provisions of the DC Human Rights Act;
- Restore funding to vital trans-sensitive social services like HIPS and T.H.E.;
- Develop plans to address unemployment in the trans community;
- Expand the Dept. of Corrections and MPD trans policies to include other criminal justice agencies in the District;
- Fund the DC Trans Needs Assessment
..and much more. You can read the comprehensive list here.
Tomorrow is the first ever Bully Free DC Day, designed to raise awareness about bullying in schools, and to promote new anti-bullying legislation currently pending before the DC Council.
A rally is being held tomorrow at noon on the front steps of the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW). The mayor, several council members, and community activists — including DCTC’s Sadie-Ryanne Vashti — are scheduled to speak. Please join us tomorrow!
A brief snapshot of the DC anti-bullying bill, from our partners at GLSEN:
This anti-bullying measure will emphasize preventative education and will require DC Public Schools and other District agencies that work with youth to pass comprehensive anti-bullying policies. The bill will help provide teachers with the tools they need to prevent bullying, harassment and cyberbullying and encourage these agencies to establish bullying prevention programs.
- DC Public Schools, DC Public Charter Schools, the Department of Parks and Recreation, DC Public Libraries, and the University of District of Columbia are the entities required under this bill to adopt anti-bullying policies and encouraged to establish prevention programs.
- This bill provides protection for ALL students while specifically identifying those characteristics that are frequent targets of bullying and harassment. Listing these enumerated categories is critical to ensure protection for all students. Research has shown that students who attend schools with policies that enumerate categories report less bullying and harassment than students who do not.
Click here to RSVP for the rally on facebook. See you tomorrow!
- Thursday, April 14, 6:30pm: Hate Crimes Town Hall with MPD, the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, and the DC Attorney General — Community Room @ Reeves Center, 14th & U Streets NW
- Tuesday, April 19, 7:30pm: Bi-monthly DCTC Meeting — Austin Center @ Whitman Walker Clinic, 14th & R Streets NW
- Thursday, April 21, 12:00noon: Rally for a Bully Free DC — Front Steps @ The Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
- Tuesday, April 26, 7:30pm: Needs Assessment Working Group — Soho Coffee, 22nd & P Streets NW
- Tuesday, May 3, 7:30pm: Bi-monthly DCTC Meeting — Austin Center @ Whitman Walker Clinic, 14th & R Streets NW
What we’ve been up to
As always, we value your input and your help! If you want to get involved in a project, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 202.681.DCTC (202.681.3282), or better yet, come to a meeting!
. The DC Department of Corrections is currently taking applications for trans community representatives on the DOC’s transgender housing committee
. It’s super important that lots of folks apply! The transgender housing committee determines where trans inmates are safely housed. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter explaining why you’re a good fit for this role to Carolyn Cross, Deputy Director of the Department of Corrections, at 1923 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 112 North, Washington, DC 20001 or by email at email@example.com
Police Liaison. Last month we submitted testimony to the DC Council about the work of the MPD over the past year. Check out one of the things we talked about! We also continue to train officers in the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit. Be sure to come to the Hate Crimes Town Hall this Thursday (details above) to make your voice heard! If there’s something you want to say to the police department, this is a good time to say it!
. We’re now a part of the DC Safe Schools Coalition and are working hard to get a strong anti-bullying law passed by the DC Council. Show your support at the rally on April 21
(details above there too), and make sure the Council and the Mayor know how important it is to keep youth safe in school.
Needs Assessment. We’ve nearly completed our community roundtable meetings! 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 plan phase two (launching a survey), please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trans Pride. Our friends at Capital Trans Pride are gearing up a day of exciting events on Saturday, June 4. Check out their page on Facebook!