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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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Transgender woman sues D.C. police, U.S. marshals

Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Patti Shaw
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.

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More than 100 attend D.C. vigil for Texas lesbian couple

Sunday, July 1, 2012
Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin speaks at Dupont Circle vigil.
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.

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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.

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D.C. mayor signs anti-bullying bill

Sunday, June 24, 2012
Mayor Vincent Gray signs the Youth Bullying Prevention Act of 2012 on Friday.
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.

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Mary Cheney, daughter of former VP, marries longtime partner in D.C.

Friday, June 22, 2012
Heather Poe (left) and mary Cheney
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.

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Bomb threat prompts evacuations at D.C. offices of LGBT advocacy groups

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
HRC headquarters
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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