A coalition of local LGBT organizations this week announced the formation of a new group called the D.C. Anti-Violence Collaborative.
In a statement released on Tuesday, organizers said the new organization is “dedicated to ending cycles of violence and oppression impacting the LGBT community in the District of Columbia.”
Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), Casa Ruby, and D.C. Trans Coalition are among the organizations joining forces to operate the new group, the statement says.
“The D.C. Anti-Violence Collaborative will allow us to start coordinating vital services for survivors of violence in our communities,” said Ruby Corado, founder and executive director of Casa Ruby, an LGBT community center with an outreach to the Latino and transgender communities.
“There is a tremendous need, and by working together across organizations, we will be better able to address that need,” Corado said.
Jason Terry, the anti-violence coordinator for the D.C. Trans Coalition, said the new group would enable its member organizations to better address issues of “police violence, hate violence sexual violence, and partner violence through advocacy, education, grassroots organizing, and providing services.”
GLOV co-chair Hassan Naveed said the Collaborative would help create “an inclusive advocacy agenda in a safe space for all intersections” of the community. “It’s time for us to tighten coordination in our advocacy efforts and make sure we are providing representation for everyone,” he said.
The Aug. 20 statement says the new group will meet monthly and plans to organize two town hall meetings in the fall. It says the group would soon launch a new online tool to report incidents of anti-LGBT violence.