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District of Columbia

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, “the District”, or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States. As permitted by the U.S. Constitution, the District is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress and is therefore not a part of any U.S. state.

LGBT Rights in the District of Columbia: Same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia was legalized on December 18, 2009, when mayor Adrian Fenty signed a bill passed by the Council of the District of Columbia on December 15, 2009. The law took effect on March 9, 2010. The District of Columbia prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The District's hate crime law covers hate crimes based on both sexual orientation and gender identity.

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D.C. mayor signs bill prohibiting conversion therapy for LGBT youth

Monday, December 22, 2014
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signs the bill outlawing gay-to-straight conversion therapy on LGBT youth.
The District of Columbia becomes the third U.S. jurisdiction — behind California and New Jersey — to pass legislation protecting LGBT youth from being subjected to conversion therapy. [...]

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D.C. high school principal who came out as gay is losing his job

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Peter Cahall (right) came out as gay at a Pride Day school assembly on June 4, 2014, attended by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (left).
Peter Cahall was notified his contract will not be renewed after six years at the school because of test scores. [...]

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D.C. Council approves bill to ban conversion therapy on LGBT youth

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
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The D.C. Council has approved a bill to prohibit LGBT youth from undergoing gay-to-straight conversion therapy. [...]

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Democrat Muriel Bowser defeats openly gay council member in bid for DC mayor

Wednesday, November 5, 2014
David Catania
WASHINGTON -- Democrat Muriel Bowser was elected mayor of the District of Columbia on Tuesday, defeating independent D.C. council member David Catania, who was seeking to make history as the District's first white, openly gay and non-Democratic mayor. [...]

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D.C. residents picking new mayor in competitive race

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
David Catania
WASHINGTON -- An unusually long and competitive general-election campaign for District of Columbia mayor is drawing to a close Tuesday, with voters deciding whether to continue Democrats' perfect record when seeking the city's highest office. [...]

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Election preview: Top 10 races to watch for LGBT candidates

Saturday, November 1, 2014
U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democratic candidate for governor, greets spectators at the Portland Pride Parade, Saturday, June 21, 2014, in Portland, Maine.
This year’s election night is likely to be an important one for the LGBT history books: Voters in Massachusetts are expected to elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay state attorney general, and voters in Maine could very well elect the nation’s first-ever openly gay governor. Two candidates for Congress could [...]

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Rabbi of prominent D.C. synagogue tells congregation: ‘I am a gay man’

Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Rabbi Gil Steinlauf
WASHINGTON -- The rabbi of a prominent synagogue in Washington D.C. is telling his congregants that he's gay, and that he and his wife of 20 years are divorcing. The Washington Post reports Rabbi Gil Steinlauf sent an email Monday to the 1,400 households of Adas Israel Congregation, saying he [...]

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Man charged with stabbing transgender girl on D.C. Metro train

Thursday, July 31, 2014
Reginald Klaiber
WASHINGTON -- A man has been charged with stabbing a transgender girl on a D.C. Metro train. WTOP reports the Metro Transit police say 24-year-old Reginald Klaiber has been charged with stabbing a 15-year-old on a southbound Green Line train as it approached the Fort Totten station at around 4:30 [...]

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Gay man assaulted, called ‘faggot’ inside D.C. grocery store

Tuesday, July 8, 2014
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A Washington, D.C., gay man says he was attacked July 2 inside a Safeway store by an unidentified woman who punched him several times in the face while calling him a faggot, reports the Washington Blade. The victim, Mark Rutstein, said Safeway employees told him they believe the suspect, who [...]

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First transgender priest to preach at National Cathedral

Saturday, June 21, 2014
Cameron Partridge
WASHINGTON -- An openly transgender Episcopal priest is set to preach at Washington National Cathedral. The Rev. Dr. Cameron Partridge, the Episcopal chaplain at Boston University, will be a guest preacher on Sunday. He'll be the first openly transgender priest to preach from Canterbury Pulpit at the cathedral. [...]

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