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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 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

LOU CHIBBARO JR. | Washington Blade | Thursday, June 28, 2012
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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

By Michael K. Lavers| Washington Blade | 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
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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

LOU CHIBBARO JR. | Washington Blade | Tuesday, May 1, 2012
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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’

LOU CHIBBARO JR. | Washington Blade | Thursday, March 29, 2012
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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

LOU CHIBBARO JR. | Washington Blade | Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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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
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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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Washington pays tribute to gay civil rights icon Dr. Frank Kameny

| Friday, November 4, 2011
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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.

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