Lesbian magazine hung by ‘noose’ from D.C. light pole

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Above: (Copies of Tagg magazine were tied to a rope and hung. (Photo by Popville courtesy Tagg)

D.C. police are investigating an incident listed as a hate crime in which an unidentified person or persons tied a rope around several copies of Tagg magazine, which covers news of interest to the local lesbian and queer community and is owned by a woman of color, and hung the fastened magazines from a light pole in the heart of the city’s Adams Morgan neighborhood.

The incident was first reported on April 25 on the website of the D.C. blog POPville, which posted a photo of the hanging magazines, which themselves included photos of four African-American women on the front cover.

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LGBT liaison head promoted, transferred to new assignment

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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D.C. Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Jessica Hawkins, who in March 2015 became the first transgender person to be named as supervisor of the department’s LGBT Liaison Unit, has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant and assigned to a new job as a patrol supervisor in the Sixth Police District.

In a little-noticed development, Hawkins received her promotion as lieutenant in June and within days left her position at the LGBT Liaison Unit to begin her new job as a supervisor of officers and sergeants at the Sixth District, according to Lt. Brett Parson, an official at the Office of the Chief of Police who oversees the LGBT and other liaison units.

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D.C. police release video of anti-gay attack

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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D.C. police on Monday released a video that captured part of an incident in which three male suspects attacked two gay men early Sunday morning in the U St., N.W. entertainment district that police are investigating as a possible hate crime.

The video shows two of the suspects kicking and punching one of the victims in the head. It shows the second victim falling unconscious onto what appears to be a street crosswalk.

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Arrest made in death of lesbian found shot in burning car

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Police Chief Peter Newsham said the victim knew two men who were also murdered on the same day. Washington Blade photo by Michael Key.

D.C. police announced on Sunday that they have arrested a 23-year-old District man for the Dec. 28 shooting death of a lesbian whose body was found in the trunk of her burning car located in the 800 block of Adrian Street in Southeast Washington.

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