November 18, 2015 at 3:18 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
GLOV changes name to D.C. Anti-Violence Project
InsideOut, gay news, Washington Blade

The D.C. group Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) has changed its name to the D.C. Anti-Violence Project.

The D.C. group Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence, which is a project of the D.C. Center for the LGBT Community, has changed its name to the D.C. Anti-Violence Project (DC AVP), the D.C. Center announced last week.

The Center has taken steps since September to reorganize and revitalize GLOV after it became largely inactive for most of 2015 when its leaders stepped down due to time constraints related to their regular jobs.

“This name change is more inclusive of all the members of the LGBT community and signals a broadening perspective when addressing LGBT violence in D.C.,” the Center said in a statement. “D.C. AVP will be expanding its work to address how LGBT people of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals are affected by hate and bias violence,” the statement says.

It says DC AVP will continue projects begun by GLOV that provide resources for the community such as its Violence Response Hotline, which has been operating since 2014. The D.C. Center statement says that in 2016 DC AVP will also begin providing counseling and support groups for LGBT survivors of violent crimes.

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

  • So… since The DC Center has effectively taken control of GLOV, The Center’s management has not been able to keep TWO sets of activist volunteers working for it. Why is that.

    Indeed, has anyone seen The Center calling for more volunteers for GLOV/DCAVP?

    If this is a serious rebuilding of GLOV and a serious name change how come The Center’s management is not promoting this new, improved *DCAVP* with front page links on its weekly updates email blast? Why didn’t it provide

    Has anyone seen the DC Center calling for a return to GLLU’s outreach and patrol functions? Has The Center called upon MPD– or its Chief of Hate Crime Coverups to tell us how many anti-LGBT hate crimes have been closed with an arrest?

    Indeed, has anyone ever seen The Center request ANYTHING of MPD or MPD’s management for GLLU or LGBT hate crime prevention.

    Has The Center’s management EVER criticized MPD for anything related to LGBTQ Community Policing?

    What a proactive, positive LGBT public safety action? Has The Center ever held a fund-raiser for victims of violent anti-LGBTQ hate crimes?

    Has The Center called for regular MPD-GLLU Open House gathering’s at GLLU’s Dupont Circle Office?

    BTW, where is DCAVP’s Mission Statement? And where is a specific agenda/ to-do list?

    Seriously, how can the DCAVP “be expanding its work” when it hasn’t been doing anything?

    And how was GLOV funded/ budgeted under The Center’s management? The Center and its new DCAVP can’t credibly address the public safety of *ALL* LGBTQs in DC without openness and transparency.

    After all, with such secrecy, how do we know this ‘new, improved’ DCAVP at The DC Center is not operating as anything more than a de facto cheerleading wing of Bowser/Lanier Cronies Incorporated?

    **“D.C. AVP will be expanding its work to address how LGBT people of color, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals are affected by hate and bias violence,” the statement says.**

  • Hey Brian, – GLOV has always been a program of the center. That hasn’t changed. The name has changed from GLOV to DCAVP. We are lucky to have some great volunteers that have gotten on board in the past couple months and we hope you will join them! (They are meeting tonight at 7PM at the DC Center) You probably won’t see statements coming from the Center regarding these issues – we are a community driven model (grassroots up not top down) but what you have seen in the past (and will continue to see) is DCAVP speaking out about these issues. You are welcome to be part of it! (again, tonight at 7PM at the DC Center) – and the new link is – still working it out.

    I also think this document may be super helpful:

    • David, I don’t think we ought give too much credence to that report– by a task force which was cherry-picked by the Chief of Crime Coverups, after all.

      And its recommendations were obviously peppered with odd praise for MPD ‘best practices’. LOL.

      Even still, that HCA Task Force could not ignore the facts it found and reported…

      Reduced Interaction: GLLU is less accessible, and its personnel interact with members of the LGBT community less frequently, than prior to the restructuring. GLLU personnel do not appear to have the same level of comfort or familiarity with the LGBT community as they did prior to the restructuring. By reducing the role of the core GLLU, MPD has weakened the effectiveness of the cadre of officers most capable and experienced in responding to hate crimes and engaging in outreach.

      … Lack of Awareness of GLLU: As reported by community members, non-GLLU officers are not always aware of the existence of, or are unwilling to call, the GLLU upon request from a victim.

      … Ineffective Hot Line: The Hate Crimes Hot Line, which was intended to enable victims and community members to report hate crimes anonymously, is rarely used by victims and appears to primarily serve as a means for leaving messages for GLLU personnel.


      I’ll bet LGBTQ supporters of The Center would love to see better support of LGBT Community Policing and MPD’s GLLU unit at Dupont.

      A regular, prominent link on your weekly update email newsletter would be a thoughtful and useful public safety service as well.

  • Hey, David. I don’t want to belabor the point, but I think you’re mistaken about GLOV having *always* been a program of The Center.

    Wasn’t it Chris Farris who resurrected GLOV about 5 years ago and sought The Center’s help with meeting space other logistical and promotional support? There was another GLOV iteration that dated back to the late 90s, I think, too.

    Anyway, back to *NOW*…

    David, nearly every week, probably 75 to 100 times per year, I am delighted to clean up (for proper formatting) and forward to the Capitol Hill and Ward 5/BGLBT LGBT listservs– your DC Center Weekly Update, along with various promotional DC Center emails for one fundraising event or another.

    But why on Earth is The Center NOT making available– every week– for the convenience and public safety of all DC LGBTQ residents and visitors– a reasonably prominent iink to DCAVP (formerly known as GLOV)?

    Imagine how useful it would be for victims of violent anti-LGBT hate crimes, IP violence or harassment and/or discrimination to be able to quickly and reliably find links to DCAVP on the Center’s Weekly Update email newsletter, which in turn leads to links to MPD-GLLU, Casa Ruby, Rainbow Response and other relevant organizational help links?

    Imagine Center followers knowing that they can always find– through The Center’s regular DCAVP links– public safety news and crime prevention information links particularly relevant to DC’s LGBTQ community.

    That’s what I’m talking about, David… just a regular link on your newletter’s lead webpage to remind all of DC of DCAVP’s anti-violence prevention and other good works– while providing emergency links as a public service. The link needn’t be big or gaudy– just a regular weekly placement– perhaps just above or below your weekly events links.

    I do hope that the new DCAVP is as independent and as active as it was under activist GLOV leaders like Farris, Singletary and Naveed.

    Thanks again, and do keep those Center newsletters coming to us.

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