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.