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GLOV Hosts Bloggers to Spark Anti-LGBT Violence Conversation

by Borderstan.com — June 27, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

"March against anti-gay violence"

The March 20 Silent March to protest and recognize anti-LGBT violence made its way from Columbia Heights to Dupont Circle. The march grew from two assaults, including one at the IHOP restaurant in Columbia Heights. (Luis Gomez Photos). (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com

Most people don’t know that DC has the highest rate of anti-LGBT violence in America – I sure didn’t. But sure enough, in 2011, DC had 91 bias-based crimes, a 33 percent increase from 2010.

That is why GLOV (Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence) is hosting its first blogger night on Thursday, June 28 at 7 pm at the DC Center, 1318 U Street NW. By hosting this event, the local coalition hopes to help area bloggers and advocates educating neighbors, coworkers, friends and readers about the seriousness of the situation. GLOV also hopes to learn from local bloggers ways to spread the word so members of the community can stay safer and better informed.

Following the blogger night, GLOV will testify to the DC City Council at the Hate Crimes Hearing, making Thursday’s meeting the perfect time to get the conversation started.

GLOV is a local organization working to reduce violence against LGBT individuals through community outreach, education and monitoring cases to ensure that the rights and dignity of LGBT victims are respected and protected. GLOV assists victims of anti-LGBT violence by advocating on their behalf, encouraging reporting and providing a community of support.

Wine and light refreshments will be provided; for more information and to RSVP, please email [email protected].

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