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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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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 could no longer deny his homosexuality.

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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 Wednesday afternoon in the District of Columbia.

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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 is a regular customer, might be associated with gang members ...

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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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Maryland man sentenced for assaulting transgender woman in D.C. store

Monday, June 16, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A man who pleaded guilty to pistol-whipping a transgender woman in a convenience store in Washington has been sentenced to 28 months in prison. Thirty-six-year-old Michael Phillips of Fairmount Heights, Maryland, was sentenced Monday in Superior Court in the District.

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The 35 most LGBT-friendly U.S. Cities, according to Vocativ’s ‘Queer Index’

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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Which U.S. city is most friendly toward LGBT residents? Which big cities don't even make the list? What's the gayest city in "red state" America? Which metro area has the highest percentage of out politicians? Where do same-sex Craigslist hookups happen most frequently?

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Complaint filed against D.C. bistro for ‘gay bitches’ slur on printed receipt

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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Lambda Legal filed a complaint Tuesday in the Washington, D.C., Office of Human Rights on behalf of a transgender woman who was given a restaurant receipt with an anti-LGBT slur printed on it while socializing with friends at a local hookah bar. According to the complaint, the words "GAY BITCHES" were printed in place of the customer's name.

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Hundreds in DC turn out for counter protest against Westboro Baptist Church

Monday, June 9, 2014
Wilson High School students and members of the local community turn out in a counter-protest to Westboro Baptist Church's protest of the school's LGBT pride.
WASHINGTON — Hundreds of students, educators and community members have turned out for a counter-protest against the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church at a District of Columbia high school. Westboro targeted Wilson High School for a protest over the school's annual Pride Day event. This year, the school's principal came out as gay.

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U.S. military Color Guard leads off pride parade in nation’s capital

Monday, June 9, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- Thousands turned out for Capital Pride over the weekend, marked by the annual pride parade through the streets of the nation's capital on Saturday, and a street fair and festival on Sunday. And for the first time ever, a U.S. military color guard marched alongside rainbow flags in the parade.

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D.C. LGBT pride parade will feature military color guard for first time

Friday, June 6, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- For the first time, a U.S. military color guard is expected to march alongside rainbow flags in Washington D.C.'s gay pride parade. An eight-member color guard team from the U.S. Army Military District of Washington is scheduled to lead off the parade Saturday.

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