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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Gravesite of USAF SSGT Leonard Matlovich, at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington. Maltovich died in 1988. Key, The Washington Blade

National LGBT Veterans Memorial planned at Congressional Cemetery

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A national memorial honoring Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender veterans representing the five armed services -- Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard -- is slated to be constructed on the grounds of the historic Congressional Cemetery in southeast D.C. Washington D.C. [ Read more → ]
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D.C. yoga instructor suffers broken jaw in possible hate crime attack

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia police on Monday acknowledged that a hate crime investigation is under way after a gay couple’s Saturday night out ended in a brutal beating. [ Read more → ]
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AIDS 2012: ‘Keep the Promise’ march draws more than 2,000

Monday, July 23, 2012
More than 2,000 HIV/AIDS activists from around the world took part in the “Make the Promise” march through downtown Washington on Sunday. [ Read more → ]
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Transgender woman sues D.C. police, U.S. marshals

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
A transgender D.C. woman alleges in a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police Department and the U.S. Marshals Service that she was improperly placed with male prisoners after a 2009 arrest. [ Read more → ]
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More than 100 attend D.C. vigil for Texas lesbian couple

Sunday, July 1, 2012
WASHINGTON -- More than 100 people gathered in Dupont Circle on Friday for a vigil in honor of a lesbian couple who was shot last week in a Texas park. [ Read more → ]
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Stabbing outside D.C. theater listed as anti-gay hate crime

Thursday, June 28, 2012
District of Columbia police on Tuesday night charged a woman and two men with assault with a dangerous weapon for allegedly stabbing a 16-year-old man during an argument outside the Howard Theater at 6th and T Streets, N.W. Police listed the incident as an anti-gay hate crime. [ Read more → ]
Mayor Vincent Gray signs the Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012 on Friday.

D.C. mayor signs anti-bullying bill

Sunday, June 24, 2012
WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray signed a bill on Friday that will require city agencies that work directly with young people to implement an anti-bullying policy. [ Read more → ]
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Mary Cheney, daughter of former VP, marries longtime partner in D.C.

Friday, June 22, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Mary Cheney, daughter of former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, married longtime partner Heather Poe in Washington, D.C. on Friday, the family confirmed. [ Read more → ]
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Bomb threat prompts evacuations at D.C. offices of LGBT advocacy groups

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Offices of the Human Rights Campaign headquarters and a building that houses the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and several other prominent LGBT advocacy groups were evacuated Tuesday afternoon following a bomb scare. [ Read more → ]
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D.C. city council gives preliminary approval of anti-bullying bill

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
The D.C. City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve an anti-bullying bill on first reading, with Council members expected to approve the measure in a final vote at their next session later this month. [ Read more → ]
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Victim in D.C. attack: ‘I remember being kicked, called faggot’

Thursday, March 29, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A 29-year-old gay man spoke to the Washington Blade on Tuesday through jaws wired shut to facilitate the healing of facial injuries brought about by a brutal beating that extended over several streets near his home in Columbia Heights on March 12. [ Read more → ]
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Woman charged in D.C. shooting of gay man

Tuesday, March 27, 2012
D.C. police on Monday arrested a 27-year-old woman in connection with the March 11 shooting of a gay man at the International House of Pancakes restaurant in Columbia Heights that police listed as an anti-gay hate crime. [ Read more → ]
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Two gay men, one transgender woman injured in DC anti-LGBT attacks

Thursday, March 15, 2012
WASHINGTON -- One gay man has been shot, and another gay man and a transgender woman were badly beaten in two separate attacks earlier this week in the Columbia Heights neighbood in central D.C. [ Read more → ]
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Washington pays tribute to gay civil rights icon Dr. Frank Kameny

Friday, November 4, 2011
In a moving, and at times humorous tribute, official Washington and the city's LGBTQ community on Thursday paid its last respects to gay civil rights icon Dr. Frank Kameny. The ceremony was held in Washington's old Carnegie Library in the heart of the city Kameny called home for over 50 years. [ Read more → ]
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If a transgender person is murdered and no one notices, did it happen?

Wednesday, August 31, 2011
In my personal journey to be accepted, understood and embraced as a gay person and understanding that I am a part of the “LGBT Community,” I have frequently felt a disconnect both personally and as a member of this group between the LGB and the T. [ Read more → ]
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D.C. police investigating murder of transgender woman

Thursday, July 21, 2011
Police in Washington D.C. are investigating the murder of a 23-year-old transgender woman who was fatally shot during the early morning hours on Wednesday. [ Read more → ]
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‘Rowdy queers’ vandalize HRC store on anniversary of Stonewall Riots

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
A Washington D.C. Human Rights Campaign store was vandalized in the late night or early hours of Wednesday by self-described “rowdy queers" who chose the date to coincide with the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. [ Read more → ]
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Safeway cashier fired after directing anti-gay slur at same-sex couple

Friday, June 17, 2011
A grocery store employee at a Washington D.C.-area Safeway has been fired after directing an anti-gay slur at a same-sex couple last weekend. [ Read more → ]
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GWU attacker charged with ‘hate crime’ on straight man he thought was gay

Friday, March 11, 2011
A heterosexual student at George Washington University was beaten to within inches of his life earlier this week, after another heterosexual student mistook him for being gay. [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal by opponents of DC’s gay marriage law

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to hear the appeal of a group of clergy in Washington, D.C., who want to put the city’s new marriage equality law on the ballot. The denial of review appears to be the end of the line now for opponents of equal marriage rights in the nation's capital. [ Read more → ]
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The state of Marriage Equality in 2011

Sunday, January 16, 2011
2011 will likely see a number of battles state by state across the country. Three states plus the District of Columbia are facing the prospect of losing marriage equality, an additional seven states could start the process of amending their state constitutions to ban marriage equality, five could gain marriage equality. [ Read more → ]
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D.C.’s highest court rejects efforts to force vote on gay marriage

Friday, July 16, 2010
The District of Columbia's highest court has rejected yet another challenge to D.C.'s same-sex marriage law, ruling Thursday that opponents cannot ask voters to overturn it. The D.C. Court of Appeals rejected an appeal brought by Maryland pastor, Bishop Harry Jackson. [ Read more → ]
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Study: 14% of gay men in D.C. are HIV positive

Saturday, March 27, 2010
More than 14 percent of gay men in the District are HIV positive, almost five times as high as the overall rate for the city's adults and teenagers, according to a snapshot of the community released Thursday by the D.C. HIV/AIDS Administration. Interviews with 500... [ Read more → ]
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Foiled again! Senate rejects Bennett’s latest effort to stop D.C. gay marriages

Thursday, March 25, 2010
The U.S. Senate has rejected an amendment to the health care reconciliation bill that would have stopped same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia until a referendum could be held. Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah), who has been relentless in his efforts to stop gay marriage... [ Read more → ]
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Washington Post defends front-page photo of two men kissing

Friday, March 12, 2010
Gay marriage came to the nation's capital this week, and the Washington Post has been fending off reader complaints for marking the occasion with a front page picture of two men kissing. [caption id="attachment_6941" align="aligncenter" width="474" caption="(Washington Post photo)"][/caption] The above photo of Jeremy Ames,... [ Read more → ]
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