ICE official defends treatment of transgender detainees

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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An official with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Dec. 18 defended the agency’s treatment of transgender people who are in its custody.

Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, the openly gay deputy assistant director of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Custody Programs, during an interview with the Washington Blade at ICE headquarters in Southwest Washington noted a 2015 memorandum that then-ICE Executive Associate Director of Enforcement and Removal Operations Thomas Homan signed.

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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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