D.C. police believe trans woman shot to death by security guard

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: District Police Chief Peter Newsham. Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key.

D.C. police say they are investigating a Dec. 29 incident in which a private security guard is believed to have fatally shot a transgender woman in a vacant apartment building in Southeast Washington after the woman allegedly began to shoot at the guard and another guard with him.

District Police Chief Peter Newsham announced at a Dec. 31 news conference at police headquarters that the woman’s body was found in the vacant building on Dec. 30, one day after an exchange of gunfire between an unidentified suspect and one of two security guards employed by the Metropolitan Tactical Elite Protective Services security company.

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Restaurant hit with death threats vows to continue drag events

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Taqueria del Barrio, photo via Facebook.

The manager of the D.C. restaurant Taqueria del Barrio said the LGBT-friendly establishment, which hosts a monthly drag brunch and a weekly drag trivia night, will continue to hold those events despite a barrage of threatening phone calls the restaurant received earlier this month.

Manager Miguel Barajas and Taqueria del Barrio owner Anna Bran Leis recounted in press interviews that beginning on Dec. 12 the restaurant began receiving up to 30 homophobic, threatening calls each day from at least four different numbers with different voices.

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Missing D.C. trans woman found dead in Hyattsville apartment

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Angel Rose Garcia, photo via Facebook.

A 21-year-old D.C. transgender woman whose friends reported on social media this week that she had not been seen since she left her Northeast D.C. residence on Dec. 10 to go on a date died of unknown causes in the Hyattsville, Md., area apartment of the person who took her there for a visit, according to a spokesperson for the Prince George’s County Police Department.

The spokesperson, Jennifer Donelan, the department’s Director of Media Relations, told the Washington Blade on Tuesday that Angel Rose Garcia was found by emergency medical service technicians minutes after the resident of the apartment that Garcia was visiting called 911 to report she was making strange noises while sleeping and appeared unresponsive.

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D.C. AIDS Walk & Run to End HIV draws nearly 3,000

By : Lou Chibbaro, Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Whitman-Walker Health’s 2019 annual Walk & 5K Run to End HIV was held Saturday. Washington Blade photo by Zach Brien.

Families with kids and pet dogs joined longtime LGBT and AIDS activists and scores of other D.C.-area residents on Saturday, Oct. 26, for Whitman-Walker Health’s 2019 annual Walk & 5K Run to End HIV.

Whitman-Walker spokesperson Abby Fenton said more than 2,800 people turned out for the event and organizers were hopeful that it would reach its goal of raising $650,000 to continue Whitman-Walker’s operations as the city’s largest non-government provider of care for people with HIV.

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LGBT dance group joins street-blocking climate protests

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr. OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Climate activists gather in Farragut Square in Northwest D.C. Sept. 23, 2019. Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers.

A contingent of about 150 people associated with WERK for Peace, which describes itself as a queer and trans group that uses dance as a form of protest for social justice, joined over 1,000 others in blocking streets during D.C.’s morning rush hour on Monday to draw attention to what they call the worldwide climate crisis.

D.C. police said they made 26 arrests in locations throughout the city as climate activists carried out a “Shut Down D.C.” non-violent civil disobedience protest by standing or sitting across more than a dozen streets beginning about 7 a.m.

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Second transgender woman killed in Fairmount Heights

By : Michael K. Lavers of the Washington Blade, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A transgender woman was killed in Fairmount Heights, a suburb of Washington, D.C., on June 13.

Major Brian Reilly of the Prince George’s County Police Department told reporters during a press briefing on June 14 that 911 received a call “for a check on the welfare” on the 600 block of 59th Avenue near Eastern Avenue just before midnight.

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Watermark’s Most Eligible – Tampa Bay: DeLaran Withers

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AGE: 49

HOMETOWN: Fort Myers, Fla.

IDENTIFIES AS: “DeLaran. I love who I love.”

PRONOUNS: She/Her/Hers

SIGN: Aries

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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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Harris takes ‘full responsibility’ for briefs against surgery for trans inmates

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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In her first news conference after announcing her 2020 presidential run, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) said she takes “full responsibility” for legal briefs as California attorney general seeking to deny gender reassignment surgery for transgender inmates and called for a “better understanding” of needs — medical or otherwise— for transgender people.

Harris made the comments during a news conference Jan. 21 at Howard University in D.C. in response to a question from the Washington Blade, asking her about representing the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation in seeking to deny gender reassignment surgery prescribed to two transgender inmates in the California state prison system.

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Trans women play visible role in Women’s March

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr and James Wellemeyer OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Two transgender women gave rousing speeches on the main stage at a rally for the National Women’s March on Washington on Jan. 19.

The third annual Women’s March and rally took place one day after march organizers released a sweeping 68-page Women’s Agenda document that includes strongly worded support for LGBT equality, including a call for Congress to pass the LGBT rights bill known as the Equality Act.

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Congresswoman displays transgender pride flag outside office

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WASHINGTON (AP) | A newly elected Virginia congresswoman is displaying a transgender pride flag outside her Washington office.

Rep. Jennifer Wexton is a Democrat from the 10th District in northern Virginia who was sworn in Jan. 3. The pink-, blue- and white-striped flag is displayed at the door to her office, along with the U.S. and Virginia flags.

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Two gay men attacked, beaten near D.C. police station

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Two gay men were attacked and beaten by five unidentified suspects who shouted anti-gay slurs on the 2000 block of New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. on Sunday, Sept. 16 at a location less than two blocks from the Third District D.C. Police Station, according to a police report.

The report says the suspects included four men and one woman who jumped out of one of two vehicles that had been driving past the men at a location where 16th Street, New Hampshire Avenue, and U Street, N.W. intersect between 9:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.

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