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Trans woman sexually assaulted near Dupont Circle

Report marks neighborhood’s seventh incident against LGBT people since June

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A reported sexual assault against a transgender woman behind a building near Dupont Circle on Aug. 13 is the seventh incident of violence against LGBT people with a connection to the neighborhood since June 2, according to police reports.

Police said the latest incident occurred in an unspecified location in the rear of the 2000 block of P Street, N.W., in the early morning hours of Aug. 13, when a suspect approached the victim, whom police have not identified.

“The complainant reports that she was grabbed by the suspect who placed his hand over her mouth,” said Sgt. Carlos Mejia, supervisor of the police’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit, in an e-mail to local LGBT activists.

“The suspect removed the complainant’s clothes and sexually assaulted the complainant,” Mejia said. “The suspect fled the area on foot. The complainant is a member of the transgender community.”

Gays & Lesbians Opposing Violence, which was among the groups to receive Mejia’s e-mail, released the message Monday.

GLOV’s release came on the same day that court records became available showing that the man charged with murdering gay federal worker Delando King on Aug. 8 in D.C. had patronized at least one Dupont Circle gay bar on the night of the murder.

Court records show that Marcus McLean, 24, who is charged with premeditated first-degree murder while armed in connection with King’s stabbing death, was arrested Aug. 14 along the 2100 block of P Street, N.W., within a one-block radius of three gay bars.

Four earlier incidents involving attacks against gay men in the Dupont Circle area have been listed as bias-related assaults that involved anti-gay name calling when suspects attacked the victims. As of earlier this week, no arrests had been made in the five assaults. The fifth of the string of anti-gay bias attacks between June 2 and July 30 took place on Emmerson Street, N.W., outside the Dupont Circle area.

Police said none of the victims in the five assault cases received life-threatening injuries.

A law enforcement source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the transgender victim in the sexual assault case knew the suspect and provided his identity to investigators with the police’s Sexual Assault Unit, which is investigating the case. According to the source, police listed the attack as an incident of first-degree sexual abuse, one of the most serious sexual offenses under the city’s criminal statutes.

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  1. Bill

    August 17, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    Why is it so hard for the MPD to dispatch a group of cops to pose as gays in the DuPont area to catch these thugs? This is the seventh victim, in a short period of time not counting the poor man who was murdered last weekend. I can’t understand why DC gays and lesbians aren’t up in arms DEMANDING better and more proactive police protection.

    • wbnva

      August 18, 2010 at 4:07 pm

      “Pose as gays”? Yeah, let’s just ask the MPD’s assistance in helping to perpetuate the “limp wristed, sissy stereotype”. We are not monolithic; some of us are proudly mainstream members of society and work very hard to dispel the myths and cartoon stereotypes already associated with our community.

      • SamD

        August 18, 2010 at 4:10 pm

        AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Kat

    August 18, 2010 at 10:05 am

    I feel confident that Vancouver Rape Relief will fly in to help this victim.

    Then again, I feel confident that the Nationals will make it to the World Series this year.

  3. customartist

    August 18, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Of Course there is nothing being pursued. City Council, who employes all City personnell, is on Vacation for TWO MONTHS, July and August! Who is in charge of the city during this time? Is No One on-call? Where are our elected officials? What are they being paid for? Do their salaries continue while they take TWO MONTHS OFF from running the City? Seven Incidents of violence targeted against gays and this rash of violence garners nothing from the Council. “Wait until September.” What is the public to do?

    Council Members Salaries are $125,583 and $190,000 for Chairman. This equates to $10,465.25 per month, and $20,930.50 for their two months of vacation when there is no Council Meeting taking place to attend to general matters of the public, let alone Multiple Targeted Attacks.

    Their next meeting for all to Calender is on September 21, 2010.

    Let’s drop ’em a line…

    Vincent C. Gray
    David A. Catania
    Phil Mendelson
    Kwame R. Brown
    Michael A. Brown
    Jim Graham
    Jack Evans
    Marion Barry
    Muriel Bowser
    Harry Thomas, Jr
    Tommy Wells
    Yvette M. Alexander
    Mary M. Cheh

    [email protected]
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    Vincent C. Gray (202) 724-8032
    David A. Catania (202) 724-7772
    Phil Mendelson (202) 724-8064
    Kwame R. Brown (202) 724-8174
    Michael A. Brown (202) 724-8105
    Jim Graham (202) 724-8181
    Jack Evans (202) 724-8058
    Marion Barry (202) 724-8045
    Muriel Bowser (202) 724-8052
    Harry Thomas, Jr (202) 724-8028
    Tommy Wells (202) 724-8072
    Yvette M. Alexander (202) 724-8068
    Mary M. Cheh (202) 724-8062

  4. Jenna

    August 18, 2010 at 11:24 am

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and families of these recent attacks. This is normally a very safe part of town, one where I could stroll from CVS to Soho Tea & Coffee or even stop in for pizza at Alberto’s without concern. Not anymore.

  5. Peter Rosenstein

    August 18, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    customartist- I have no problem with asking what the City Council is doing but much more relevant is what the Mayor is doing. He is the one that runs city agencies like the MPD not the Council. The Mayor has yet to speak out on these hate crimes. He is now running around apologizing for not speaking out in his first term and saying he will in his second. Well what is he waiting for. There is an old and true saying- Fool me once shame on you- fool me twice shame on me! We shouldn’t take the chance that Adrian Fenty will fool us again. The time to speak out is now not to wait for his second term. During last weeks forum sponsored by DC MAP and CAGLCC he couldn’t even get the words “Hate Crimes” out of his mouth when asked about this spate of crimes. So why would we believe he will ever speak out forcefully in the way we should expect our Mayor to do.

  6. customartist

    August 18, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Is it safe to visit DC?

    Chief of Police = Cathy L. Lanier
    http://app.dc.gov/apps/about.asp?page=atd&type=dsf&referrer=mpdc.dc.gov&agency_id=1027&mpdcNav=|31417|

    Mayor – Adrian M. Fenty
    [email protected]

    Dept of Travel and Tourism
    http://washington.org/visiting/browse-dc/contact-us

    Chamber of Commerce
    http://www.shareyourdc.com

  7. Bill

    August 18, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Folks – don’t you get it, our lives don’t matter to these people. And here race doesn’t matter — black, asian, latin, white — anyone gay or lesbian. For you who live in DC, your tax dollars finance your oppression.

    Do you for one moment think that if seven white women had been assaulted over the course of a couple of months, there wouldn’t be an orchestrated response with speeches from the Mayor, Police Chief and City Council?

  8. customartist

    August 18, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    Peter,

    Point taken. Are there links, etc to the DC MAP and CAGLCC forum(s)? Please post them.

    And Bill,

    it wouldn’t have taken more than about 2 or 3 attacks on white women for a response to be orchestrated, Public Statements by the Chief of Police, Mayor, etc. There IS a link on the Police department site to file a complaint, as in against police? Where is the ACLU?

    I just spoke to snippy Ms. Morgan from some Council Members office, which one was unclear. She was completely unaware of what I was referring to with multiple attacks. SHE wanted ME to give her details. I told her to call the Police Dept. I mean, awareness is the job of City Council, Mayor, Police, etc and they aren’t even aware,…so she said. I offended her when I asked “how many attacks on Blacks would it take for city officials to be aware”. She hung up on me.

    Here’s her number: (202)742-8081

    Thanks!

  9. Bill

    August 18, 2010 at 4:47 pm

    @ customartist – I admire your activism and calling Ms. Morgan on her homophobia. Turnaround is a bitch — that’s why she hung up on you. Can you imagine if the situation was reversed and someone hung up on her for a similar inquiry? Homophobia is alive and very, very well in DC. And who the hell is she to hang up on a constituent??? I recommend EVERYONE call Ms. Morgan and ask her why the lives of gays and lesbians aren’t as important as others?

  10. Rick Rosendall

    August 20, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Folks, whether you like a staffer’s attitude or not, if she asks you for information, you really ought to provide it to her. If you would rather get mad and say she should know about it already, then you are choosing to be mad rather than help. Surely that’s not what you intend. Dealing with public officials and their staffs can be frustrating, but it can also be fruitful. When asked for info, we should always make an effort to provide it (or seek help from somone else), and then follow up. Let’s be part of the solution. If a particular councilmember is hopeless, that’s what elections are for; but in the meantime, we should go the extra mile to help them do the right thing.

  11. James

    August 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Buy a handgun if you don’t feel safe. All government is good at is building roads.

  12. AJ

    August 30, 2010 at 7:00 am

    @ customartist maybe she hung up on you because you were being racist..Just a thought.

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The 'Comings & Goings' column chronicles important life changes of Blade readers.

The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at: [email protected]

The Comings & Goings column also invites LGBTQ+ college students to share their successes with us. If you have been elected to a student government position, gotten an exciting internship, or are graduating and beginning your career with a great job, let us know so we can share your success. 

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Steven McCarty

Congratulations to Steven McCarty on being named president of the Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C. He said, “I’m honored to be installed as the president of the Kiwanis Club of Washington, D.C. and to be able to shepherd our programs and volunteers to impact youth where they are needed most. Our club’s new partnership with SMYAL has already turned a portion of their Youth Center in Southeast D.C. into the first Clinical Services Department in the District that offers free and affirming mental healthcare to LGBTQ Youth. As an openly gay man, I’m proud to further our club’s mission with radical empathy and inclusion.” McCarty has also recently been awarded Kiwanis’ highest honor, the George Hixson award.

McCarty is a Technical Program Specialist at stac labs in D.C. He is also founder and campaign manager at Abolish Racism 2020. He worked as a Senior Customer Success Manager,  Crowdskout. He was a workplace equality intern at Human Rights Campaign and a summer fellow at Michigan State AFL-CIO, in Lansing, Mich. 

McCarty earned his bachelor’s in Political Science and Communications Studies at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Congratulations also to Shin Inouye on his appointment as Executive Vice President of Communications, The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and Human Rights, The Leadership Conference Education Fund. 

Wade Henderson, interim president and CEO of The Leadership Conference and The Education Fund said, “We are thrilled Shin Inouye will be taking on even greater responsibilities on our senior leadership team. His incredible talent and commitment to this organization and our work are truly outstanding, and his strategic leadership will no doubt continue moving us forward in the fight to protect and advance civil and human rights.”

Inouye has held a number of positions with the organization including Managing Director of Communications. Inouye also held a number of high-level positions in the Obama administration, including Press Secretary and Acting Senior Adviser for Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Adviser for Intergovernmental and External Affairs, Executive Office of the President; White House Office of Communications: Director of Specialty Media; and served as an authorized spokesperson for the Obama Inaugural Committee, with a focus on specialty media outlets, including LGBTQ, AAPI, Native American, Youth/College, Faith, and Jewish press. Prior to that Inouye was Communications Director in the Office of Congressman Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.) and has also worked for the ACLU and as a summer intern with the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan. 

Inouye received a number of honors including being named One of 25 “LGBTI next generation leaders to watch” by Out in National Security and the Atlantic Council; and One of “40 Asian American Pacific Islander National Security & Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders” by New America and the Diversity in National Security Network.

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Youngkin reiterates opposition to marriage equality

Va. gubernatorial candidate says issue ‘legally acceptable’ in state

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Glenn Youngkin in an interview with the Associated Press has reiterated his opposition to marriage rights for same-sex couples.

Youngkin—a Republican who is running against Democrat Terry McAuliffe to succeed Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam—said in an interview published on Friday that he feels “called to love everyone.” Youngkin then reiterated his opposition to marriage equality before he added it is “legally acceptable” in the state.

“I, as governor, will support that,” Youngkin told the AP.

McAuliffe was Virginia’s governor from 2014-2018.

Same-sex couples began to legally marry in Virginia a few months after McAuliffe took office.

McAuliffe in 2014 became the first governor of a Southern state to officiate a same-sex wedding. The lesbian couple who McAuliffe married recently appeared in one of his campaign ads.

McAuliffe on Friday criticized Youngkin. “As governor, I worked my heart out to keep Virginia open and welcoming to all,” said McAuliffe in a tweet. “This type of bigotry and intolerance has no place in our commonwealth.”

The anti-LGBTQ Family Research Council, which the Southern Poverty Law Center has categorized as an extremist group, earlier this month endorsed Youngkin, but Log Cabin Republicans are among the groups that have backed his campaign. The Human Rights Campaign in 2019 named Youngkin’s former company, the Carlyle Group, as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” in its annual Corporate Equality Index.

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D.C. school board calls for LGBTQ-inclusive teaching standards

Sweeping resolution proposing content in curricula approved unanimously

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Gay State Board of Education member Allister Chang.

The D.C. State Board of Education voted unanimously on Oct. 20 to approve a resolution calling for LGBTQ+ Inclusive Education Standards for the city’s public schools that “reflect on the political, economic, social, cultural, and scientific contributions and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.”

The two-page resolution, which was introduced by gay State Board of Education member Allister Chang, who represents Ward 2, cites national research showing that students who have access to LGBTQ+ curricula in their schools “are more likely to report lower frequency of bullying, lower levels of depression, more accepting peers, and greater feelings of safety in school.”

The resolution states that research also shows that multicultural education, including the teaching of LGBTQ topics, “helps prevent the formation of bias and prejudice and creates more democratic communities.”

LGBTQ rights advocates have long considered the local D.C. government through its mayor and City Council to be highly supportive of the LGBTQ community. But Chang and other supporters of the resolution approved by the board Wednesday night say their research shows that D.C. public schools, while supportive of LGBTQ students, are far behind the school systems in several other states in the inclusion of LGBTQ topics in school curricula.

As an example, supporters of the resolution point out that curriculum standards for social studies classes in the D.C. school system include only one mention of LGBTQ people in a teaching section related to victims of the Holocaust.   

Unlike most other cities and states, under current D.C. law, the school system is controlled by the mayor through the D.C. Department of Education, which is headed by a Deputy Mayor for Education and who, in turn and in consultation with the mayor, appoints a State Superintendent of Education who oversees the day-to-day operations of the schools.

Under a change in the education statute approved by the D.C. Council and signed by then-Mayor Adrian Fenty in 2007, the school board, which was renamed the State Board of Education, became a mostly advisory body on education matters with some statutory authority to approve education standards on which school curricula are based.

Thus, the resolution approved by the board on Wednesday “advises” and “recommends” that the State Superintendent of Education develop school curricula, guidance for teachers, and school-based leaders and staff “in providing LGBTQ+ inclusive lessons and practices in their classrooms.”

The resolution concludes by recommending that the State Superintendent of Education conduct a survey of students within two years after the Oct. 20 adoption of the resolution “to establish baseline data and to gain an understanding of the current experiences of LGBTQ+ students across the district and what all students know and understand about the contributions and experiences of LGBTQ+ people in the relevant subject areas.”

Chang and other members of the State Board of Education noted at the Oct. 20 meeting, which was virtual, that Will Beckerman, who graduated this year from D.C.’s School Without Walls High School, played an important role in conducting the research used to prepare the LGBTQ standards resolution and helped in the drafting of the resolution.

Chang noted that much of the background information used to draft the resolution came from Beckerman’s senior year school research paper and advocacy project that focuses on the topic of LGBTQ-inclusive education.

In comments supporting the resolution, Chang also spoke about how the very limited LGBTQ content he encountered during his high school days helped him accept himself as a gay youth.

“As a student myself, I don’t remember a single mention of any LGBTQ people in any of my classwork until I read Thomas Mann in my senior year in high school,” Chang said. “And in Death in Venice, this Nobel Prize winner touches upon his struggles with homosexuality but never actually names it explicitly,” Chang told fellow board members.

“And I remember holding on to this novella despite the self-hatred that’s woven throughout this story because it was the first time that I saw this aspect of my identity reflected in my class work,” he said. “My hope – and I think this hope comes true with this resolution tonight – is that future generations of LGBTQ students have more opportunities to see themselves reflected in their class work and to feel less isolated by their class work than I did growing up.”

It couldn’t immediately be determined whether D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will endorse the school system changes proposed by the resolution approved by the State Board of Education.

The full text of the resolution follows:

State Board of Education Resolution

On LGBTQ+ Inclusive Education Standards

SR21-7

WHEREAS, the 2019 District of Columbia Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual students make up 15.9 percent of high school students in the District and transgender students make up1.9 percent of District high school students;

WHEREAS, in the District, these students, in comparison to their heterosexual peers, experience double the rate of bullying on school property, report higher rates of being removed from class for disciplinary reasons, and are more than twice as likely to experience suicidal ideation;

WHEREAS, national data shows that lesbian, gay, and bisexual students are significantly more likely to receive grades of D or F than their heterosexual peers and were more likely to be truant;

WHEREAS, consistent research suggests that students with LGBTQ+ inclusive curricula in their schools are more likely to report lower frequency of bullying, lower levels of depression, more accepting peers, and greater feelings of safety in school—and this safety leads students to report higher attendance, higher GPAs, a greater sense of belonging in the school community, and higher educational aspirations;

WHEREAS, research shows that multicultural education helps prevent the formation of bias and prejudice and creates more democratic communities ; 

WHEREAS, the State Board of Education recognizes the need to have revised social studies standards that create “windows and mirrors” so students see themselves and people like them reflected in the content of standards and curriculum, as well as having the opportunity to learn about diverse people, cultures, places, and experiences unlike themselves—explicitly noting that the current standards emphasize the lives of presidents and other figures who held/hold power and under-represent or lack representation of people and groups like those identifying as LGBTQ+, and their respective histories;

WHEREAS, in the State Board of Education’s review and revision of the social studies standards, the State Board called upon the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to “seek standards writers who reflect the demographics and experiences of District students and of the communities they are writing about” sharing a list of examples that included writers identifying as LGBTQ+;

WHEREAS, the State Board of Education is committed to ensuring students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be engaged global citizens in a diverse democratic society; and,

WHEREAS, the State Board of Education has a commitment to promote equity, introduce policies to reduce disparities between students, and create safe school environments for all students.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT, upon the next revision of any District of Columbia state education standards, the State Board of Education should adapt standards, when appropriate, that reflect on the political, economic, social, cultural, and scientific contributions and experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, the State Board of Education advises the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) to provide guidance to teachers and school-based leaders and staff on creating inclusive lessons in science and English language arts (ELA) classes that align with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core ELA standards, respectively;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT, the State Board of Education recommends that the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) implement professional development for teachers and school-based leaders and staff to aid them in providing LGBTQ+ inclusive lessons and practices in their classrooms, such that that the professional development includes: workshops for local education agencies (LEAs) and teachers to draft curriculum related to LGBTQ+ topics in their subject areas, lessons on use of inclusive language in the classroom, lessons on ensuring LGBTQ+ students’ safety and confidentiality while maintaining respect for their name and pronouns, and mandatory diversity training related to the LGBTQ+ community; and,

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED THAT, the State Board of Education recommends that the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) survey students within two (2) years of adoption of this resolution to establish baseline date and to gain an understanding of the current experiences of LGBTQ+ students across the district and what all students know and understand about the contributions and experiences of LGBTQ+ people in the relevant subject areas.

https://osse.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/osse/publication/attachments/2019%20DC%20YRBS%20Report.pdf

Brikett, Michelle et al. “Sexual-orientation disparities in school: the meditational role of indicators of victimization in achievement and truancy because of feeling unsafe.” American Journal of Public Health vol. 104, 6 (2014): 1124-8. doi: 10.2105/AJHP.2013.301785

Kosciw, Joseph G., et al. “The 2019 National School Climate Survey: The Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Youth in Our Nation’s Schools.” GLSEN, GLSEN, 2020, glsen.org.

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Camicia, Steven P. “Prejudice Reduction through Multicultural Education: Connecting Multiple Literatures.” Social Studies Research and Practice, vol. 2, no. 2, 2007, pp. 219–227.

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