DC holds hearing on local hate crimes prosecution, panic defense bills

By : Philip Van Slooten of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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ABOVE: The D.C. Council on Oct. 23 held a hearing on the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s failure to prosecute hate crimes in D.C. and banning so-called LGBT panic defense in the city. (Washington Blade photo by Philip Van Slooten)

Lambda Legal and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers were among the groups Oct. 23 that weighed in at a hearing on hate crimes prosecution and two related panic defense bills currently before the D.C. Council.

Though their representatives sat at the same witness table, each expert differed sharply on the issues of an LGBT victim’s right to respect and the defendant’s right to due process.

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Man with gun threatens transgender women in DC

By : Michael K. Lavers OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The Metropolitan Police Department says a man with a gun threatened transgender women near Casa Ruby on June 15.

A police report the Washington Blade obtained notes officers received a call about a man with a gun.

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Hung jury in trans murder case sparks courthouse protest

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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About 70 transgender activists and their supporters turned out on March 12 for a protest outside the D.C. Superior Court building after a trial at the courthouse of two men charged with the 2016 murder of transgender woman Deeniquia “Dee Dee” Dodds, 22, ended last week with a hung jury.

Organizers of the protest pointed out that the deadlocked jury in the Dodds case marked the second time in less than two years that male perpetrators charged in the murder of young transgender women of color in D.C. ended without a conviction.

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Trans woman, D.C. restaurant reach ‘resolution’ in discrimination case

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A transgender woman has dropped a discrimination complaint against a downtown D.C. restaurant that forced her to leave its premises in June because she used the women’s restroom after it agreed to take a series of actions in support of the trans community and to prevent a similar incident from taking place again.

In a joint statement released on Aug. 31, trans activist Charlotte Clymer and Cuba Libre Restaurant and Rum Bar announced that the two parties reached “a just resolution regarding the charge of discrimination regarding the incident that occurred at the D.C.-based restaurant on June 22, 2018.”

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Bowser, Corado travel to El Salvador

By : Ernesto Valle OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and more than 20 others from the nation’s capital traveled to the Salvadoran capital from Aug. 11-14. Ruby Corado, a transgender woman and LGBT activist who lives in Washington was among those who witnessed Bowser sign agreements with her San Salvador counterpart.

The trip’s main objective was to meet with San Salvador Mayor Ernesto Muyshondt to sign a sister city agreement between the two cities that includes cooperation in investment, culture and sports. Bowser on Monday afternoon signed the agreement with her Salvadoran counterpart to promote economic and youth development, public security, sustainability, culture, education and government cooperation between both cities.

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