March 19, 2012 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
March to begin Tuesday at IHOP to remember LGBT shooting, assault victims

The International House of Pancakes restaurant in Columbia Heights (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Friends of one of the victims of three separate incidents of anti-LGBT violence last week have scheduled a march for 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, outside the International House of Pancakes restaurant in Columbia Heights to show support for the three victims and others targeted for hate violence.

“This is a march to shows solidarity and support for all the victims of hate violence, whether they be lesbian, gay, bi, or transgender,” said Kyan Brady, a friend of a gay man who was beaten and robbed in one of the incidents.

Brady said it will begin 7 p.m. outside the IHOP restaurant where one of the victims, a 31-year-old gay man, was shot in the abdomen at about 6 a.m. Sunday, March 11 by an unidentified male suspect who called the victim anti-gay names. The restaurant is located at 14th and Irving streets, N.W. steps away from the Columbia Heights Metro station.

According to Brady and other organizers, the march will travel east on Irving St. to Georgia Ave., N.W., the site of the second incident, where a 29-year-old gay man – who is a friend of the organizers — was attacked and beaten by three unidentified male suspects about 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 12. Police say the suspects called the victim anti-gay names as they beat him.

Police say they found the victim three blocks north of where the attack began, at Georgia Ave. and Morton St., N.W. The victim reported he was robbed of his cell phone, iPad, and wallet at the Morton St. location, according to police. Police say they aren’t sure if the robbery was committed by the group of suspects who attacked the victim at the first location or by a different group of male suspects.

Both gay male victims remain in the hospital, with the shooting victim suffering from liver damage caused by the gunshot wound and the victim from the Georgia Ave. attack recovering from surgery needed to repair a broken jaw and additional head injuries.

The third victim, a transgender woman, was attacked and knocked unconscious at West Virginia Ave. and Mt. Olivet Rd., N.E. just before midnight on March 12, police said. The victim was treated and released from a hospital.

Unlike the first two incidents, which police listed as anti-gay hate crimes, police said they lacked sufficient evidence to classify the attack against the transgender woman as an ant-trans hate crime. However, a police report and Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham said investigators are looking into the possibility that the attack was motivated by hate.

Organizers of the march, which is being promoted on Facebook, say it will travel from Georgia Ave. and Morton Streets back to 14th St., where it will head south to R St, N.W. From there it will turn right on R St. and travel to 17th Street and end at the gay bar Cobalt. Organizers say they will host a fundraiser at Cobalt for the gay male victim attacked at Georgia Ave. and Irving and Morton streets.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

10 Comments
  • Peter Rosenstein

    This is a great idea and only sad that we must continue to do these things. I will not be in town that day but am urging all my friends to atten and have written to the Mayor and Councilmembers urging them to be there. We need to stand together.

    I hope that there will be a place announced where people can send donations even if they can’t make the event. Maybe some local bank like Eagle would open an account for this.

  • I’m so proud of Kyan for helping to organize this. Hate crimes against anyone who may be considered different is seriously disgusting!

  • For those who are interested in participating tonight, you can view the facebook event here:
    http://www.facebook.com/events/272210939520509/275049495903320/?notif_t=plan_mall_activity

    There is information listed on the facebook page about donating via PayPal if you are unable to attend the march or the benefit this evening.
    All our prayers and best wishes go to Daniel and his partner, as well as other victims of hate crimes, as we gather in support of those targeted for being who they are. We need to come together as a community and show that these truly heinous attacks are unacceptable. Please join us tonight, or donate if you can.

  • This was not a ‘HATE CRIME’, [PERSONAL ATTACK / INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE REMOVED]

  • Peter Rosenstein makes an excellent point. Given the boldness of these multiple, violent attacks targeting LGBTs in DC, the city’s leaders should very publicly stand together at this time– as a show of political force and resolve.

    Police Chief Lanier has been strangely silent and seemingly publicly absent in the wake of these anti-LGBT hate crimes. It is important that the city’s TOP COP (as well as her relevant Assistant Chief’s and District Commanders), especially, be conveying MPD’s resolve to pursue (and deter) hate crimes perpetrators in every way possible.

  • It would seem that the Washington Blade likes to play censorship God when it comes to other peoples oppinion when it’s not in lock-step with their’s. What I wrote before was not offensive at all, I disagreed with the over-blown use of the term “HATE CRIME”. Considering you’re money flow situation, if you want to play the censorship game again, I can take this matter-up with you’re readers and advertisers.

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