September 24, 2014 at 5:00 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Same-sex couples featured in Metro ads on discrimination
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This ad is part of a series that will appear in area Metro stations. (Image courtesy DCOHR)

Brightly colored posters depicting gay and straight couples will appear throughout the D.C.-area Metro transit system in October as part of a new campaign by the D.C. Office of Human Rights to educate the public about the people and “traits” protected under the city’s sweeping non-discrimination law.

One of eight different non-discrimination ads scheduled to be displayed in 14 Metro stations will include cartoon-like figures of same-sex and opposite sex couples holding hands with a message stating, “You’re protected no matter whose hand you hold.”

The message adds, “DC’s non-discrimination law covers 19 traits, including sexual orientation.”

“I am often reminded by my LGBT friends in other parts of the country that we are extremely fortunate to live in a city where discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity is not tolerated,” said Monica Palacio, director of the Office of Human Rights.

“Our new DC19 campaign with endearing images featuring gay and lesbian couples sends a clear message that the LGBT community in D.C. is not just protected from discrimination, but is a celebrated and welcomed community in our city.”

Other protected traits appearing in the Metro system ads include age, color, national origin, race, religion, and sex, according to an Office of Human Rights statement.

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

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