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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Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m sure everyone is fully prepared for the most holiest of Hallmark holidays, but in case you’re still looking for those last-minute plans, check out our post from earlier this week with some alternative ideas for this evening. And once you’ve got that squared away, don’t forget to consider what to wear before heading out tonight.
Be sure to check out our Valentine’s Day logo at the top of the Bordestan page. Our logos (including the usual one) are designed by Neil MacLean of Six Five Design Group.
Won’t you be my handcuffed Valentine?
Speaking of alternative ideas, the National Museum of Crime and Punishment is continuing its “Crimes of Passion” exhibit for the third year, inviting couples to go through the museum handcuffed together for $30 per person. The handcuffs are souvenirs and can be taken home (and for $1, you can even upgrade them to the furry kind to give them that something extra!). But as WTOP reports, this year, it’s taking some flack. Chai Shenoy, co-founder of Holla Back DC, claims that the exhibit “is mocking the lives of people who have died due to domestic violence.” The Museum doesn’t consider this to be a problem and will not be making changes to its exhibit.
D.C.’s Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) is holding a vigil and candlelight march this Tuesday at 7 p.m. starting at the Reeves Municipal Center. The purpose of the march is to draw attention to violence against the gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender (GLBT) community and to draw attention to the still-unsolved December 16 murder of Durval Martins at 11th and Q NW .