DC Archbishop welcomes trans Catholic into ‘heart of this church’

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: D.C. Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory.

Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, who Pope Francis appointed in April as head of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, told a transgender man at a gathering of young Catholics last month, “You belong to the heart of this church.”

Gregory gave what LGBT Catholics consider a highly supportive and understanding response to a question asked by a self-identified transgender man during an Aug. 13 archdiocesan-sponsored Theology on Tap event held at a Dupont Circle nightclub and bar called Public Bar Live.

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Plea deal for man who triggered panic at D.C. Pride parade

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Aftabjit ‘DJ’ Singh and Melissa Duffy were at the center of a melee in Dupont Circle during June’s Pride parade. (Washington Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro Jr.)

A man charged with wielding a BB gun in Dupont Circle during the Capital Pride Parade on June 8 that triggered a panic, prompting organizers to abruptly end the parade agreed July 29 to a plea bargain offer by prosecutors that could result in his case being dismissed.

Aftabjit “DJ” Singh, 38, agreed to an offer by prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges of Possession of a Destructive Device and Attempted Threats to Do Bodily Harm.

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‘Larger than ever’ crowds turn out for Capital Pride

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Organizers said last weekend’s Pride celebration brought out record crowds. (Washington Blade photo by Adam Hall)

Organizers and participants in D.C.’s Capital Pride parade and festival last weekend said the two annual events appear to have drawn more than the expected 400,000 people despite rainy weather during the festival on Sunday.

Observers who have participated in the Capital Pride parade and festival in past years said they have never seen crowds as large as those that lined the 1.5-mile Capital Pride Parade route on Saturday, June 8.

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Altercation by straight couple triggered ‘panic’ at DC Pride Parade

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Cmdr. Guillermo Rivera speaks to reporters following the incident that caused the premature ending of the Capital Pride Parade on June 8, 2019. A police report indicates officers arrested Aftabjit Singh with possession of a BB gun and Melissa Duffy with assault on a police officer. (Washington Blade photo by Joey DiGuglielmo)

A gun scare in Dupont Circle June 8 that brought D.C.’s annual Capital Pride Parade to an abrupt end and sent hundreds of parade spectators fleeing in panic appears to have been caused by a man who told police he pointed a BB gun at another individual who was assaulting his female “significant other,” according to a police report.

Both police and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser released statements shortly after the incident saying there was no evidence to indicate a gun was fired. But police said at least seven people were hospitalized for minor injuries sustained while running away from the scene, which witnesses described as a “stampede.”

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D.C. sees alarming increase in anti-LGBT hate crimes in 2018

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The number of anti-LGBT hate crimes reported in D.C. in 2018 nearly doubled from the number of reported cases in 2016, according to recently released data by D.C. police.

The data show there were a total of 97 reported hate crimes in the nation’s capital in 2018 based on the victims’ sexual orientation or gender identity or expression, representing an increase from 59 such cases in 2016 and 69 anti-LGBT hate crimes reported in 2017.

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LGBT counter protesters avoid contact with white supremacists at rally

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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About 150 LGBT people and their supporters marched from Dupont Circle to 18th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. on Sunday afternoon as part of what they called a Queer and Trans “ResisDance Party” and counter protest to the Unite the Right rally next to the White House organized by white supremacist leaders.

The LGBT counter protesters, who tossed rainbow colored graffiti and danced to music blaring from a portable loudspeaker while marching along downtown streets, decided not to continue their procession to Lafayette Park, where the Unite the Right rally began more than an hour earlier than originally planned.

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