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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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University reinstates diversity officer who signed anti-marriage equality petition

Monday, January 7, 2013
Angela McCaskill Photo courtesy Gallaudet University
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.

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

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Mark GuentherPhoto courtesy Joe Tresh, Joe Tresh Photography.
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.

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Family Research Council shooter charged with committing act of terrorism

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Floyd L. Corkins II (Booking photo)
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.

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

Monday, October 15, 2012
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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.

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FRC shooting suspect found mentally competent, pleads not guilty

Saturday, August 25, 2012
Floyd L. Corkins II (Booking photo)
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.

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LGBT Center volunteer leaves guard wounded in shooting at FRC headquarters

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
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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.

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

Friday, August 10, 2012
Attendees of the Eckington ‘safety walk’ march listen as speakers call for an end to anti-gay violence.
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.

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National LGBT Veterans Memorial planned at Congressional Cemetery

Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Gravesite of USAF SSGT Leonard Matlovich, at the Congressional Cemetery in Washington. Maltovich died in 1988. Key, The Washington Blade
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.

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D.C. yoga instructor suffers broken jaw in possible hate crime attack

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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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.

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AIDS 2012: ‘Keep the Promise’ march draws more than 2,000

Monday, July 23, 2012
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More than 2,000 HIV/AIDS activists from around the world took part in the “Make the Promise” march through downtown Washington on Sunday.

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