Father presents slain trans woman as a man for funeral

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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To the dismay of her friends and at least two family members, the father of transgender woman Ashanti Carmon directed a funeral home to change her appearance and dress her body in a man’s suit for a private viewing not long after she was shot to death by an as yet unidentified assailant in Prince George’s County, Md.

“At the end he just wanted to see and remember her as his son because that’s all he knows,” said Deborah Carmon, the father’s sister and Ashanti Carmon’s aunt.

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Trans woman shot to death near Washington DC

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Police in Fairmount Heights, Md., a small town in Prince George’s County just across the border from D.C., are appealing to the public for information about the murder of a 27-year-old transgender woman who was found shot to death on a street about 6:30 a.m. on March 30.

Neither Fairmount Heights police nor P.G. County police, who have taken over the investigation of the murder, had released the woman’s name or identified a possible motive for the killing as of March 31. But friends who knew her informed D.C. transgender activist Earline Budd that the woman’s name is Ashanti Carmon, a D.C. resident.

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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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Arrest made in D.C. gay murder

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Sean Anderson was shot to death on March 24. Photo courtesy MPD.

D.C. police announced on Monday that they have arrested a 35-year-old District man for the March 24 shooting death of Sean Anderson, 48, who was found dead in an apartment at the Marbury Plaza Apartments on Good Hope Rd, S.E. in Anacostia.

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