D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and Metropolitan Police Officer Justin Markiewicz, who is a member of the department’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit, were among those receiving awards Tuesday night from Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence for their efforts to combat anti-LGBT hate crimes.
Gray, Markiewicz and four others received the GLOV Guardian Award, which recognizes “outstanding contributions of an individual or organization that proactively combats hate crimes against the LGBT community in the District of Columbia,” a GLOV statement says. “This individual or organization has demonstrated leadership by going beyond expectations to improve the lives of LGBT people in our city.”
GLOV Chair Paul Tupper said the group selected Gray, among other things, “for making D.C. a safer place for transgender people.” Tupper said GLOV honored Officer Markiewicz because he was “a constant presence for the GLLU” while the unit’s supervisor, Sgt. Matt Mahl, was on leave and whose presence in the community continues.
The others receiving GLOV’s Guardian Award were Catherine Paquette, Mobile Services Manager for the sex worker advocacy group HIPS; David Perez, president, Latino GLBT History Project; and GLOV volunteers Lori McPherson and Teresa Rainey.
The awards presentation, which Gray and the others attended, was held at Diego Restaurant & Grill at 2100 14th St., N.W.