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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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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" [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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D.C. high school principal comes out during school’s Pride Day assembly

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Pete Cahall (center), flanked by D.C. mayor Vincent Gray (left) and council member David Catania.
A D.C. high school principal came out as gay on Wednesday, breaking 50 years of silence in an emotional address to the student body at a Pride Day assembly. Stand next to D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and openly gay council member David A. Catania, Wilson High School Principal [...]

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Chris Kluwe named Grand Marshall at Capital Pride

Friday, May 30, 2014
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Former Minnesota Vikings Punter and LGBT ally Chris Kluwe will serve as Grand Marshall of this year's Capital Pride parade in Washington D.C. This year’s theme is “Building our bright future.” Capital Pride, which spans 10 days, kicks off on Friday, May 30, and culminates with the 39th annual Pride [...]

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

Thursday, February 27, 2014
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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. [...]

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

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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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. [...]

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

Monday, January 13, 2014
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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. [...]

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