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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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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. [...]

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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. [...]

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D.C. lawmaker proposes to ease gender change regulations

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
David Catania
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. [...]

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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. [...]

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

Monday, February 4, 2013
Vincent Gray
WASHINGTON — District of Columbia officials are announcing a partnership between prosecutors, the mayor's office and the gay, lesbian and transgender community. [...]

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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
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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