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Tuesday March Against Anti-LGBT Violence Draws 500-Plus People

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The Tuesday night march started at IHOP in Columbia Heights and made its way to Cobalt in Dupont. (Luis Gomez Photos)

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A group estimated at more than 500 people walked from Columbia Heights to Dupont last night to recognize the victims of recent hate crimes against members of the LGBT community in DC, and to call attention to the problem still face gay and transgendered people in DC. The event was organized on Facebook by friends of one of the victims , Daniel, who was shot March 11 at the IHOP restaurant in Columbia Heights after an incident which involved anti-gay slurs. Police have listed the incident as a hate-related assault with intent to kill.

Starting off at the IHOP at 14th and Irving Streets NW, the group walked to Georgia Avenue and Irving Street NW for a second brief ceremony at the site where another gay man was beaten and robbed on March 12; he suffered a broken jaw. According to Kyan Brady, one of the March organizers, both of the men were released from the hospital yesterday, March 20.

What is a¬†hate or bias¬†crime? Wikipedia says: “In¬†crime¬†and¬†law,¬†hate crimes¬†(also known as¬†bias-motivated crimes) occur when a perpetrator targets a victim because of his or her perceived membership in a certain¬†social group, usually defined by¬†racial group,¬†religion,¬†sexual orientation,disability,¬†class,¬†ethnicity,¬†nationality,¬†age,¬†sex,¬†gender identity,¬†social status¬†or¬†political affiliation.”¬†What does the term mean under DC law? Check out the¬†DC Police definition of a hate crime.

Patrick Pressman, one of the March organizers said he believed that DC Police had estimated the crowd at 520 people. Pressman said the turnout was definitely in the 50o to 600 range. More than 700 people had said they would attend on the Facebook event page.

Video and Photos of March:¬†More¬†Borderstan photos on our Facebook Page.¬†The march drew a great deal of local media coverage, including¬†The Washington Post, as well as local TV stations. Video of the march is available at¬†ABC-7,¬†NBC-4,¬†CBS-9¬†and¬†Fox-5.¬†The¬†Washington Blade¬†has posted a¬†photo gallery from last night’s march¬†as has¬†The DC Center¬†on flickr. (A hat tip to Chris Wiggins for organizing media coverage.)

The march ended at Cobalt lounge at 17th and R NW, where ¬†a fundraiser was held for Daniel, the shooting victim at IHOP ‚ÄĒproceeds are going to help cover his medical costs. In addition to a donations bucket at Cobalt, Cobalt General Manager Mark Rutstein said the business was donating a portion of bar receipts to Daniel’s medical fund and that the DJs and the evening’s drag show performers were also donating the cost of their time on Tuesday night for the fundraiser. There is also a Facebook Page, Benefit for Daniel, where you can make a donation through PayPal.

MPD Chief Cathy Lanier was at the kickoff at IHOP, along with Councilmembers Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4), and Council Chairman Kwame Brown. The marchers were also joined by some members of Occupy DC who came to show support.


The organizers have also recommended two organizers where you can make donations in addition to the Benefit for Daniel Fund:

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Click above for more images on Facebook from the March 21 march against ant-LGBT violence in DC.  (Luis Gomez Photos)

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2 Responses to “Tuesday March Against Anti-LGBT Violence Draws 500-Plus People”

  1. M says:

    I think it should be noted that the marchers were taunted by homophobic slurs on Georgia Ave. It just goes to show the level of depravity and total lack of class of some folks in the city. Kudos to the marchers for ignoring that ignorant display.