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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Vincent Gray

D.C. mayor announces health coverage requirements for transgender citizens

Thursday, February 27, 2014
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Thursday announced that public and private health insurance plans that the D.C. government regulates -- including Medicaid, D.C. government employee insurance, and private plans sold on D.C.'s health exchange -- will be required to cover transition-related care. [ Read more → ]

Heart attack victim says he was denied last rites after telling priest he’s gay

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
A heart attack victim says a Roman Catholic priest working as a chaplain at a Washington D.C. hospital refused to give him last rites and communion after the patient told him he’s gay. [ Read more → ]

D.C. man sentenced to 10 years for stabbing transgender woman 40 times

Monday, January 13, 2014
WASHINGTON -- A D.C. man who stabbed a transgender woman 40 times last summer after an argument about sex was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday. [ Read more → ]
David Catania

Councilmember who sponsored DC gay marriage bill considers mayoral run

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
WASHINGTON — D.C. Councilmember David Catania formed an exploratory committee for a mayoral bid Wednesday, saying he's unimpressed by the large field of candidates and wants to find out if he can do more to improve public education from the city's highest office. [ Read more → ]
Chris Brown

Judge lets Chris Brown skip DC court date in alleged homophobic assault

Friday, November 22, 2013
WASHINGTON — A judge says R&B singer Chris Brown doesn't have to travel from Los Angeles to Washington to appear in court. [ Read more → ]
Floyd Corkins, at the time of his arrest on Aug. 15, 2012.

Family Research Council shooter sentenced to 25 years in prison

Thursday, September 19, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A man who planned a mass shooting at a conservative Christian lobbying group's Washington headquarters in 2012 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the failed plot. [ Read more → ]
The H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse, home to the D.C. Superior Court.

DC court sees increase in marriage applications since Supreme Court ruling

Friday, September 13, 2013
WASHINGTON — The D.C. Superior Court says it is adding a second marriage ceremony room and boosting marriage bureau staffing to accommodate an increase in applications believed to be the result of the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling. [ Read more → ]
Matthew Shepard

Ford’s Theatre to produce Matthew Shepard play, ‘The Laramie Project’

Friday, September 6, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Washington theater where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated will produce the play "The Laramie Project" and offer programs about bullying and violence against LGBT people. [ Read more → ]
Carolyn Kaster, APParticipants gather on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Washington.

Marching for King’s dream: ‘The task is not done, the journey is not complete’

Saturday, August 24, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled. [ Read more → ]
Donnie McClurkin

Gospel singer delivered from ‘curse’ of homosexuality removed from D.C. concert

Sunday, August 11, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A gospel singer who says God delivered him from “the curse” of homosexuality, was removed from a concert lineup at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial after a request from Washington's mayor. [ Read more → ]

D.C. mayor OKs bill easing rules for transgender people to obtain new birth certificates

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia mayor Vincent Gray on Tuesday signed a bill that would make it easier for transgender people to obtain new birth certificates reflecting their change in gender identity. [ Read more → ]

D.C. council OKs new rules for transgender people to obtain new birth certificates

Friday, July 12, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia city council has approved a bill that would make it easier for transgender people to obtain new birth certificates reflecting their change in gender identity. [ Read more → ]

D.C. police investigating six attacks in LGBT community in recent weeks

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Police in the District of Columbia are investigating six reported attacks, which include a fatal shooting, a beating, a stabbing, a sexual assault, and two non life-threatening shootings against members of the LGBT community over the past two weeks. [ Read more → ]

More than 100,000 line D.C. streets for Capital Pride parade, festival

Sunday, June 9, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The nation's capital celebrated the 38th annual "Capital Pride" this past week, culminating with a parade Saturday attended by over 100,000 spectators, lining the streets in the Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods of northwest Washington. [ Read more → ]

D.C. to ease guidelines for transgender people to obtain new birth certificates

Thursday, June 6, 2013
WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia is expected to pass legislation that would make it easier for transgender people to obtain new birth certificates reflecting their change in gender identity. [ Read more → ]
David Catania

D.C. lawmaker proposes to ease gender change regulations

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
WASHINGTON -- A District of Columbia council member on Tuesday introduced a bill that would ease the requirements of transgender D.C. residents seeking to legally change their gender on birth certificates and other legal documents. [ Read more → ]

Gallup study ranks states according to population of LGBT residents

Friday, February 15, 2013
PRINCETON, NJ -- The percentage of U.S. adults who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) ranges from 1.7 percent in North Dakota to 5.1 percent in Hawaii, and 10 percent in the District of Columbia, according to a new study by Gallup. [ Read more → ]
Vincent Gray

DC forms bias crime partnership with prosecutors, mayor, gay community

Monday, February 4, 2013
WASHINGTON — District of Columbia officials are announcing a partnership between prosecutors, the mayor's office and the gay, lesbian and transgender community. [ Read more → ]
Angela McCaskill Photo courtesy Gallaudet University

University reinstates diversity officer who signed anti-marriage equality petition

Monday, January 7, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Gallaudet University has reinstated its chief diversity officer after a three-month paid suspension for signing a petition opposing Maryland’s same-sex marriage law. [ Read more → ]
Mark GuentherPhoto courtesy Joe Tresh, Joe Tresh Photography.

Gay business leader arrested for late night entry into male neighbor’s apartment

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The leader of the D.C.-area gay and lesbian chamber of commerce, who is scheduled to receive a national Chamber recognition this week, was arrested earlier this month and charged with unlawful entry, according to court records obtained by LGBTQ Nation. [ Read more → ]
Floyd L. Corkins II (Booking photo)

Family Research Council shooter charged with committing act of terrorism

Thursday, October 25, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The man accused of opening fire and shooting a security guard inside the offices of the Family Research Council in August, will face seven new charges when he appears in federal court on Friday, including committing an act of terrorism while armed. [ Read more → ]

Three indicted on hate crime charges for June D.C. stabbing

Monday, October 15, 2012
A D.C. Superior Court Grand Jury has indicted two men and a woman on hate crime charges in connection with the June stabbing of a 16-year-old male outside D.C.’s Howard Theatre whom the defendants believed to be gay. [ Read more → ]
Floyd L. Corkins II (Booking photo)

FRC shooting suspect found mentally competent, pleads not guilty

Saturday, August 25, 2012
Floyd Lee Corkins II, 28, a former part-time volunteer for D.C.’s LGBT community center, pleaded not guilty in federal court on Friday to three charges related to last week’s shooting at the downtown D.C. headquarters of the Family Research Council, one of the nation’s leading anti-gay groups. [ Read more → ]

LGBT Center volunteer leaves guard wounded in shooting at FRC headquarters

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A gunman posing as an intern opened fire at the headquarters of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday morning after reportedly announcing his disagreement with the conservative group's policies. [ Read more → ]
Attendees of the Eckington ‘safety walk’ march listen as speakers call for an end to anti-gay violence.

DC police chief joins rally, walk against anti-LGBT violence

Friday, August 10, 2012
D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, a contingent of police officials, two members of the City Council, and civic activists from the city’s Bloomingdale and Eckington neighborhoods participated in a rally and walk Thursday night against anti-LGBT violence. [ Read more → ]
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