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New PAC debuts amid energized LGBT gun control efforts

PRIDE Fund to End Violence backs candidates who favor gun control, LGBT rights



Jason Lindsay, gay news, Washington Blade
Jason Lindsay, gay news, Washington Blade

Jason Lindsay is executive director of the PRIDE Fund against Gun Violence. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

In the aftermath of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando leaving 49 people dead and 53 wounded, new efforts are emerging in the LGBT community to take on gun control in remembrance of the LGBT victims of the attack.

One major development is the establishment of a new political action committee called the PRIDE Fund to End Gun Violence, which seeks to focus efforts from the LGBT community to elect to Congress lawmakers who will support meaningful gun safety legislation and defeat those who won’t.

Leading the effort as executive director is Jason Lindsay, a D.C.-based gay political operative who over the course of 12 years has worked in congressional offices, on national campaigns and served as a congressional relations officer with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Lindsay served for 14 years in the U.S. Army Reserve and was deployed to Iraq in 2003.

In an interview with the Washington Blade, Lindsay said the impetus for founding the PRIDE Fund to End Gun Violence was the desire of the LGBT community to take on gun control after the Orlando shooting.

“In the aftermath of Orlando, looking at so much of the energy in the community around the issue of gun control, most of the discussion was on protests and participating in calling members of Congress, which we know hasn’t worked,” Lindsay said. “Members of Congress continue to ignore the will of the American people on this issue, so the driving force was really to shape a political action committee where we could have the most direct impact on the electoral policy of gun control.”

In the first four days after its creation, Lindsay said the PRIDE Fund to End Gun Violence has raised about $10,000, but the goal is to raise $500,000 before November. Lindsay said he hasn’t yet engaged with LGBT rights groups, but has already started dialogue with gun control organizations, like the Newtown Action Alliance.

“The immediate goal is we’re quickly ramping up the organization,” Lindsay said. “We’ve accomplished an incredible amount in the last 10 days, but the first thing is we need volunteers and we need people to get involved, so we can quickly grow the movement.”

The short-term goal for the committee, Lindsay said, is expanding the website and growing other technology platforms in addition to establishing a hub for volunteer operations enabling further growth and fundraising. On Thursday, the committee is set to hold a volunteer meeting at 7 p.m. at a yet-to-be determined location in the Dupont Circle area.

But the long-term vision, Lindsay said, is to enact gun reform legislation at the federal level, such as an expansion of background checks, “no fly, no buy” legislation, restrictions on magazines and a ban on assault rifles. A yet-to-be-formed policy committee, he said, will work directly on those issues and determine specific bills to support.

The policy committee, Lindsay said, will also decide over the next couple of weeks criteria for endorsing candidates running for Congress, but generally that will consist of support for LGBT rights and gun reform legislation.

“At this point, we’re organized at the federal level,” Lindsay said. “That’s the way we’re registered with the Federal Election Commission. We have not yet had the opportunity of state races, but that’s something our policy committee is going to be looking at.”

Lindsay said the committee also intends to endorse presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, but hasn’t yet set a time for when that will happen.

Mark Glaze, a gay D.C. political operative who’s worked on both LGBT rights and gun control efforts, said the PRIDE Fund to End Gun Violence “appears to be taking off” at a crucial time.

“If I’ve had a better idea all year, I can’t remember what it is,” Glaze said. “I think when the community puts its brains, its determination and its money to work, it generally achieves what it sets out to do, and adding their juice to the fight against gun violence is exactly what we’ve needed for a while.”

The establishment of the PRIDE Fund to End Gun Violence is but one effort among LGBT advocates to join the fight for gun control in the Orlando shooting, which LGBT advocates and President Obama have called a hate crime and terrorist attack against the LGBT community.

On Tuesday evening, the New York-based LGBT grassroots group Queer Nation held a two-hour meeting at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in Manhattan, where 150 attendees made and discussed proposals for action.

“In the wake of Orlando, we’re not going to be silent,” said Alan Klein, a spokesperson for Queer Nation. “The 49 demand that we turn the anger and sorrow that the LGBT community felt into action, and that’s what we’re going to do.”

According to Queer Nation, activists decided to organize a large action in New York City during the Republican National Convention to target presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump for his anti-LGBT and pro-gun positions, but between now and then additional actions will take place.

Another newly formed LGBT activist group, Gays Against Guns, turned out up to 750 on Sunday at the New York City Pride parade, where activists affiliated with the group chanted “Stop the NRA!” and staged die-ins along the route similar to demonstrations conducted by HIV/AIDS activists in the 1980s.

According to Gays Against Guns, the activists who engaged in the “die-ins” repeated in unison, “How many more have to die?” and were trailed by 49 silent marchers in white veils who each carried a placard with the name and photo of someone who died in Orlando.

Gun violence has become a public health crisis in the U.S.,” said Gays Against Guns co-founder John Grauwiler. “The NRA and their enablers in D.C. have blood on their hands and make us gag in disgust. We intend to have great fun in the weeks and months ahead haunting their collective bad conscience until they do the right thing or get kicked out of power. They’ve hit us too close to home this time.”

Within a week of the Orlando shooting, the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group, the Human Rights Campaign, approved a resolution affirming the organization would support gun safety reform measures.

And yet, another faction within the LGBT community is urging LGBT people to arm themselves in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting. One such faction is Pink Pistols, which, under the slogan, “Pick On Someone Your Own Caliber,” urges gay people in the 31 states that allow concealed carry permits to arm themselves and learn to use firearms safely.

Lindsay cautioned against calling on LGBT people to arm themselves in the aftermath of the Orlando massacre, pointing out even the National Rifle Association has said firearms don’t belong in a place where people are drinking, such as the Pulse nightclub where the shooting took place.

“I would say that more guns doesn’t equate to less violence and being protected,” Lindsay said. “I think taking assault-style weapons off the street and working to improve our gun control policy is important, but adding more into the mix just isn’t the solution.”

Amid other gun efforts control efforts in the LGBT community and elsewhere, Lindsay said the establishment of the PRIDE Fund to End Gun Violence is important because it will provide additional focus.

“Our motivation was we thought it was important to have a unique and dedicated LGBTQ voice that was solely focused on the issue of gun reform and protections,” Lindsay said. “And we have a strong desire to work collaboratively with all other groups involved — both gay and straight — to really create change in this country.”

If efforts of gun control advocates to enact legislation are successful, Lindsay said it would be “a very positive step toward making the country safer” in the aftermath of the Orlando shooting.

“I think that it’s important for there to be a comprehensive plan to end gun violence in America to really counter the increase in the lethality of these attacks,” Lindsay said. “There is the discussion of terrorism, we need to focus on mental health…and those things are incredibly important, but at the same time, limiting the access to such powerful assault-style weapons is one of the first steps I think we can take.”

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  1. lnm3921

    June 30, 2016 at 12:27 am

    Oh goodie, yet another group with it’s handout trying to pick your pocket!

  2. HerosPlay

    June 30, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Just an idea I wish to share. The argument against centers around the second amendment of our Constitution, our citizen’s right to bear arms. I suggest a federal law that outlaw the sale and manufacturing of ammunition magazines
    that exceed five rounds. Coupled with a two year Federal buy back plan for those magazines exceeding the limit currently in circulation.

    This would limit the deadliest assault weapon to be no more dangerous than any hunting rifle. This action does not infringe on anyone’s second amendment rights since it doesn’t involve any limitations of fire arms. Now if you get push
    back, you know owning these weapons have little to do with home protection.

  3. HerosPlay

    June 30, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Just an idea I wish to share. The argument against gun control centers around the second amendment of our Constitution, our citizen’s right to bear arms. I suggest a Federal law that outlaw the sale and manufacturing of ammunition
    magazines that exceed five rounds. Coupled with a two year Federal buy back plan for those magazines exceeding the limit currently in circulation. Followed by a class D felony charge for any one with a magazine exceed five rounds after the two buy back period.

    This would limit the deadliest assault weapon to be no more dangerous than any hunting rifle. This action does not infringe on anyone’s second amendment rights since it doesn’t involve any limitations of fire arms. Now if you get push
    back, you know owning these weapons have little to do with home protection.

    • RetMSgt

      August 14, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      Assault weapon, is that a baseball bat? Or a hammer? Or an automobile? All have been used to attack and kill people.

      Ask the Korean storeowners who defended their property during the Los Angeles riots about what’s needed and what’s not. When an irrational mob intends to do you and yours imminent harm, do you really want to be limited to five rounds of ammunition? Of course, the only difference between a five-round magazine and a ten-round magazine, or a ten-round magazine and a twenty-round magazine, is about two seconds, may less. That’s all the time that’s needed to drop the empty magazine and put in a loaded magazine.

  4. MrApple

    August 14, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    So their plan after being unarmed victims of a madman is to make as many people as possible just like them, UNARMED? How has that been working so far?


    August 15, 2016 at 1:49 am

    OK gays, tell me something. When our 50 States had sodomy laws, did it stop you from having a good time? No, you broke the law, and that’s OK because it was a stupid law.

    When the war on drugs said you couldn’t partake with crystal k, meth, cocaine, 420, etc, did it stop you? No.

    When San Francisco closed the bathhouses, did it stop the orgies? No, it did not.

    Gun control is also stupid. Gun control doesn’t stop the bad guys. The average gay basher doesn’t even use guns, he uses his hands, feet, or a baseball bat, or maybe he throws you off a bridge. So how will gun control stop them? It won’t.

    Guns are your best friends, a gun in your hand is POWER against your enemy. It’s a fighting chance. What happened at Pulse was the result of gun control, Florida law makes it illegal to carry guns in bars. Did the bad Muslim care about the law? No, he did not. Did the cops kill him? Sure, 5 hours later. Why is it that we can have designated drivers but not designated shooters?

    Gun control is stupid, just because it makes you feel safe doesn’t mean you’re safe. So embrace the 2nd Amendment, lock and load!

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Equality Act, contorted as a danger by anti-LGBTQ forces, is all but dead

No political willpower to force vote or reach a compromise



Despite having President Biden in the White House and Democratic majorities in both chambers of Congress, efforts to update federal civil rights laws to strengthen the prohibition on discrimination against LGBTQ people by passing the Equality Act are all but dead as opponents of the measure have contorted it beyond recognition.

Political willpower is lacking to find a compromise that would be acceptable to enough Republican senators to end a filibuster on the bill — a tall order in any event — nor is there the willpower to force a vote on the Equality Act as opponents stoke fears about transgender kids in sports and not even unanimity in the Democratic caucus in favor of the bill is present, stakeholders who spoke to the Blade on condition of anonymity said.

In fact, there are no imminent plans to hold a vote on the legislation even though Pride month is days away, which would be an opportune time for Congress to demonstrate solidarity with the LGBTQ community by holding a vote on the legislation.

If the Equality Act were to come up for a Senate vote in the next month, it would not have the support to pass. Continued assurances that bipartisan talks are continuing on the legislation have yielded no evidence of additional support, let alone the 10 Republicans needed to end a filibuster.

“I haven’t really heard an update either way, which is usually not good,” one Democratic insider said. “My understanding is that our side was entrenched in a no-compromise mindset and with [Sen. Joe] Manchin saying he didn’t like the bill, it doomed it this Congress. And the bullying of hundreds of trans athletes derailed our message and our arguments of why it was broadly needed.”

The only thing keeping the final nail from being hammered into the Equality Act’s coffin is the unwillingness of its supporters to admit defeat. Other stakeholders who spoke to the Blade continued to assert bipartisan talks are ongoing, strongly pushing back on any conclusion the legislation is dead.

Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said the Equality Act is “alive and well,” citing widespread public support he said includes “the majority of Democrats, Republicans and independents and a growing number of communities across the country engaging and mobilizing every day in support of the legislation.”

“They understand the urgent need to pass this bill and stand up for LGBTQ people across our country,” David added. “As we engage with elected officials, we have confidence that Congress will listen to the voices of their constituents and continue fighting for the Equality Act through the lengthy legislative process.  We will also continue our unprecedented campaign to grow the already-high public support for a popular bill that will save lives and make our country fairer and more equal for all. We will not stop until the Equality Act is passed.”

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), chief sponsor of the Equality Act in the Senate, also signaled through a spokesperson work continues on the legislation, refusing to give up on expectations the legislation would soon become law.

“Sen. Merkley and his staff are in active discussions with colleagues on both sides of the aisle to try to get this done,” McLennan said. “We definitely see it as a key priority that we expect to become law.”

A spokesperson Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who had promised to force a vote on the Equality Act in the Senate on the day the U.S. House approved it earlier this year, pointed to a March 25 “Dear Colleague” letter in which he identified the Equality Act as one of several bills he’d bring up for a vote.

Despite any assurances, the hold up on the bill is apparent. Although the U.S. House approved the legislation earlier this year, the Senate Judiciary Committee hasn’t even reported out the bill yet to the floor in the aftermath of the first-ever Senate hearing on the bill in March. A Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic aide, however, disputed that inaction as evidence the Equality Act is dead in its tracks: “Bipartisan efforts on a path forward are ongoing.”

Democrats are quick to blame Republicans for inaction on the Equality Act, but with Manchin withholding his support for the legislation they can’t even count on the entirety of their caucus to vote “yes” if it came to the floor. Progressives continue to advocate an end to the filibuster to advance legislation Biden has promised as part of his agenda, but even if they were to overcome headwinds and dismantle the institution needing 60 votes to advance legislation, the Equality Act would likely not have majority support to win approval in the Senate with a 50-50 party split.

The office of Manchin, who has previously said he couldn’t support the Equality Act over concerns about public schools having to implement the transgender protections applying to sports and bathrooms, hasn’t responded to multiple requests this year from the Blade on the legislation and didn’t respond to a request to comment for this article.

Meanwhile, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who declined to co-sponsor the Equality Act this year after having signed onto the legislation in the previous Congress, insisted through a spokesperson talks are still happening across the aisle despite the appearances the legislation is dead.

“There continues to be bipartisan support for passing a law that protects the civil rights of Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Annie Clark, a Collins spokesperson. “The Equality Act was a starting point for negotiations, and in its current form, it cannot pass. That’s why there are ongoing discussions among senators and stakeholders about a path forward.”

Let’s face it: Anti-LGBTQ forces have railroaded the debate by making the Equality Act about an end to women’s sports by allowing transgender athletes and danger to women in sex-segregated places like bathrooms and prisons. That doesn’t even get into resolving the issue on drawing the line between civil rights for LGBTQ people and religious freedom, which continues to be litigated in the courts as the U.S. Supreme Court is expected any day now to issue a ruling in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia to determine if foster care agencies can reject same-sex couples over religious objections.

For transgender Americans, who continue to report discrimination and violence at high rates, the absence of the Equality Act may be most keenly felt.

Mara Keisling, outgoing executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, disputed any notion the Equality Act is dead and insisted the legislation is “very much alive.”

“We remain optimistic despite misinformation from the opposition,” Keisling said. “NCTE and our movement partners are still working fruitfully on the Equality Act with senators. In fact, we are gaining momentum with all the field organizing we’re doing, like phone banking constituents to call their senators. Legislating takes time. Nothing ever gets through Congress quickly. We expect to see a vote during this Congress, and we are hopeful we can win.”

But one Democratic source said calls to members of Congress against the Equality Act, apparently coordinated by groups like the Heritage Foundation, have has outnumbered calls in favor of it by a substantial margin, with a particular emphasis on Manchin.

No stories are present in the media about same-sex couples being kicked out of a restaurant for holding hands or transgender people for using the restroom consistent with their gender identity, which would be perfectly legal in 25 states thanks to the patchwork of civil rights laws throughout the United States and inadequate protections under federal law.

Tyler Deaton, senior adviser for the American Unity Fund, which has bolstered the Republican-led Fairness for All Act as an alternative to the Equality Act, said he continues to believe the votes are present for a compromise form of the bill.

“I know for a fact there is a supermajority level of support in the Senate for a version of the Equality Act that is fully protective of both LGBTQ civil rights and religious freedom,” Deaton said. “There is interest on both sides of the aisle in getting something done this Congress.”

Deaton, however, didn’t respond to a follow-up inquiry on what evidence exists of agreeing on this compromise.

Biden has already missed the goal he campaigned on in the 2020 election to sign the Equality Act into law within his first 100 days in office. Although Biden renewed his call to pass the legislation in his speech to Congress last month, as things stand now that appears to be a goal he won’t realize for the remainder of this Congress.

Nor has the Biden administration made the Equality Act an issue for top officials within the administration as it pushes for an infrastructure package as a top priority. One Democratic insider said Louisa Terrell, legislative affairs director for the White House, delegated work on the Equality Act to a deputy as opposed to handling it herself.

To be sure, Biden has demonstrated support for the LGBTQ community through executive action at an unprecedented rate, signing an executive order on day one ordering federal agencies to implement the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year in Bostock v. Clayton County to the fullest extent possible and dismantling former President Trump’s transgender military ban. Biden also made historic LGBTQ appointments with the confirmation of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and Rachel Levine as assistant secretary of health.

A White House spokesperson insisted Biden’s team across the board remains committed to the Equality Act, pointing to his remarks to Congress.

“President Biden has urged Congress to get the Equality Act to his desk so he can sign it into law and provide long overdue civil rights protections to LGBTQ+ Americans, and he remains committed to seeing this legislation passed as quickly as possible,” the spokesperson said. “The White House and its entire legislative team remains in ongoing and close coordination with organizations, leaders, members of Congress, including the Equality Caucus, and staff to ensure we are working across the aisle to push the Equality Act forward.”

But at least in the near-term, that progress will fall short of fulfilling the promise of updating federal civil rights law with the Equality Act, which will mean LGBTQ people won’t be able to rely on those protections when faced with discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

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D.C. bill to ban LGBTQ panic defense delayed by Capitol security

Delivery of bill to Congress was held up due to protocols related to Jan. 6 riots



New fencing around the Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection prevented some D.C. bills from being delivered to the Hill for a required congressional review. (Blade file photo by Michael K. Lavers)

A bill approved unanimously last December by the D.C. Council to ban the so-called LGBTQ panic defense has been delayed from taking effect as a city law because the fence installed around the U.S. Capitol following the Jan. 6 insurrection prevented the law from being delivered to Congress.

According to Eric Salmi, communications director for D.C. Council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), who guided the bill through the Council’s legislative process, all bills approved by the Council and signed by the D.C. mayor must be hand-delivered to Congress for a required congressional review.

“What happened was when the Capitol fence went up after the January insurrection, it created an issue where we physically could not deliver laws to Congress per the congressional review period,” Salmi told the Washington Blade.

Among the bills that could not immediately be delivered to Congress was the Bella Evangelista and Tony Hunter Panic Defense Prohibition and Hate Crimes Response Amendment Act of 2020, which was approved by the Council on a second and final vote on Dec. 15.

Between the time the bill was signed by Mayor Muriel Bowser and published in the D.C. Register under procedural requirements for all bills, it was not ready to be transmitted to Congress until Feb. 16, the Council’s legislative record for the bill shows.

Salmi said the impasse in delivering the bill to Congress due to the security fence prevented the bill from reaching Congress on that date and prevented the mandatory 60-day congressional review period for this bill from beginning at that time. He noted that most bills require a 30 legislative day review by Congress.

But the Evangelista-Hunter bill, named after a transgender woman and a gay man who died in violent attacks by perpetrators who attempted to use the trans and gay panic defense, includes a law enforcement related provision that under the city’s Home Rule Charter passed by Congress in the early 1970s requires a 60-day congressional review.

“There is a chance it goes into effect any day now, just given the timeline is close to being up,” Salmi said on Tuesday. “I don’t know the exact date it was delivered, but I do know the countdown is on,” said Salmi, who added, “I would expect any day now it should go into effect and there’s nothing stopping it other than an insurrection in January.”

If the delivery to Congress had not been delayed, the D.C. Council’s legislative office estimated the congressional review would have been completed by May 12.

A congressional source who spoke on condition of being identified only as a senior Democratic aide, said the holdup of D.C. bills because of the Capitol fence has been corrected.

“The House found an immediate workaround, when this issue first arose after the Jan. 6 insurrection,” the aide said.

“This is yet another reason why D.C. Council bills should not be subject to a congressional review period and why we need to grant D.C. statehood,” the aide said.

The aide added that while no disapproval resolution had been introduced in Congress to overturn the D.C. Evangelista-Hunter bill, House Democrats would have defeated such a resolution.

“House Democrats support D.C. home rule, statehood, and LGBTQ rights,” said the aide.

LGBTQ rights advocates have argued that a ban on using a gay or transgender panic defense in criminal trials is needed to prevent defense attorneys from inappropriately asking juries to find that a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression is to blame for a defendant’s criminal act, including murder.

Some attorneys have argued that their clients “panicked” after discovering the person against whom they committed a violent crime was gay or transgender, prompting them to act in a way they believed to be a form of self-defense.

In addition to its provision banning the LGBTQ panic defense, the Evangelista-Hunter bill includes a separate provision that strengthens the city’s existing hate crimes law by clarifying that hatred need not be the sole motivating factor for an underlying crime such as assault, murder, or threats to be prosecuted as a hate crime.

LGBTQ supportive prosecutors have said the clarification was needed because it is often difficult to prove to a jury that hatred is the only motive behind a violent crime. The prosecutors noted that juries have found defendants not guilty of committing a hate crime on grounds that they believed other motives were involved in a particular crime after defense lawyers argued that the law required “hate” to be the only motive in order to find someone guilty of a hate crime.

Salmi noted that while the hate crime clarification and panic defense prohibition provisions of the Evangelista-Hunter bill will become law as soon as the congressional review is completed, yet another provision in the bill will not become law after the congressional review because there are insufficient funds in the D.C. budget to cover the costs of implementing the provision.

The provision gives the D.C. Office of Human Rights and the Office of the D.C. Attorney General authority to investigate hate related discrimination at places of public accommodation. Salmi said the provision expands protections against discrimination to include web-based retailers or online delivery services that are not physically located in D.C.

“That is subject to appropriations,” Salmi said. “And until it is funded in the upcoming budget it cannot be legally enforced.”

He said that at Council member Allen’s request, the Council added language to the bill that ensures that all other provisions of the legislation that do not require additional funding – including the ban on use of the LGBTQ panic defense and the provision clarifying that hatred doesn’t have to be the sole motive for a hate crime – will take effect as soon as the congressional approval process is completed.

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D.C. man charged with 2020 anti-gay death threat rearrested

Defendant implicated in three anti-LGBTQ incidents since 2011



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A D.C. man arrested in August 2020 for allegedly threatening to kill a gay man outside the victim’s apartment in the city’s Adams Morgan neighborhood and who was released while awaiting trial was arrested again two weeks ago for allegedly threatening to kill another man in an unrelated incident.

D.C. Superior Court records show that Jalal Malki, who was 37 at the time of his 2020 arrest on a charge of bias-related attempts to do bodily harm against the gay man, was charged on May 4, 2021 with unlawful entry, simple assault, threats to kidnap and injure a person, and attempted possession of a prohibited weapon against the owner of a vacant house at 4412 Georgia Ave., N.W.

Court charging documents state that Malki was allegedly staying at the house without permission as a squatter. An arrest affidavit filed in court by D.C. police says Malki allegedly threatened to kill the man who owns the house shortly after the man arrived at the house while Malki was inside.

According to the affidavit, Malki walked up to the owner of the house while the owner was sitting in his car after having called police and told him, “If you come back here, I’m going to kill you.” While making that threat Malki displayed what appeared to be a gun in his waistband, but which was later found to be a toy gun, the affidavit says.

Malki then walked back inside the house minutes before police arrived and arrested him. Court records show that similar to the court proceedings following his 2020 arrest for threatening the gay man, a judge in the latest case ordered Malki released while awaiting trial. In both cases, the judge ordered him to stay away from the two men he allegedly threatened to kill.

An arrest affidavit filed by D.C. police in the 2020 case states that Malki allegedly made the threats inside an apartment building where the victim lived on the 2300 block of Champlain Street, N.W. It says Malki was living in a nearby building but often visited the building where the victim lived.

“Victim 1 continued to state during an interview that it was not the first time that Defendant 1 had made threats to him, but this time Defendant 1 stated that if he caught him outside, he would ‘fucking kill him.’” the affidavit says. It quotes the victim as saying during this time Malki repeatedly called the victim a “fucking faggot.”

The affidavit, prepared by the arresting officers, says that after the officers arrested Malki and were leading him to a police transport vehicle to be booked for the arrest, he expressed an “excited utterance” that he was “in disbelief that officers sided with the ‘fucking faggot.’”

Court records show that Malki is scheduled to appear in court on June 4 for a status hearing for both the 2020 arrest and the arrest two weeks ago for allegedly threatening to kill the owner of the house in which police say he was illegally squatting.

Superior Court records show that Malki had been arrested three times between 2011 and 2015 in cases unrelated to the 2021 and 2020 cases for allegedly also making threats of violence against people. Two of the cases appear to be LGBTQ related, but prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office did not list the cases as hate crimes.

In the first of the three cases, filed in July 2011, Malki allegedly shoved a man inside Dupont Circle and threatened to kill him after asking the man why he was wearing a purple shirt.

“Victim 1 believes the assault occurred because Suspect 1 believes Victim 1 is a homosexual,” the police arrest affidavit says.

Court records show prosecutors charged Malki with simple assault and threats to do bodily harm in the case. But the court records show that on Sept. 13, 2011, D.C. Superior Court Judge Stephen F. Eilperin found Malki not guilty on both charges following a non-jury trial.

The online court records do not state why the judge rendered a not guilty verdict. With the courthouse currently closed to the public and the press due to COVID-related restrictions, the Washington Blade couldn’t immediately obtain the records to determine the judge’s reason for the verdict.

In the second case, court records show Malki was arrested by D.C. police outside the Townhouse Tavern bar and restaurant at 1637 R St., N.W. on Nov. 7, 2012 for allegedly threatening one or more people with a knife after employees ordered Malki to leave the establishment for “disorderly behavior.”

At the time, the Townhouse Tavern was located next door to the gay nightclub Cobalt, which before going out of business two years ago, was located at the corner of 17th and R Streets, N.W.

The police arrest affidavit in the case says Malki allegedly pointed a knife in a threatening way at two of the tavern’s employees who blocked his path when he attempted to re-enter the tavern. The affidavit says he was initially charged by D.C. police with assault with a dangerous weapon – knife. Court records, however, show that prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office lowered the charges to two counts of simple assault. The records show that on Jan. 15, 2013, Malki pleaded guilty to the two charges as part of a plea bargain arrangement.

The records show that Judge Marissa Demeo on that same day issued a sentence of 30 days for each of the two charges but suspended all 30 days for both counts. She then sentenced Malki to one year of supervised probation for both charges and ordered that he undergo alcohol and drug testing and undergo treatment if appropriate.

In the third case prior to the 2020 and 2021 cases, court records show Malki was arrested outside the Cobalt gay nightclub on March 14, 2015 on multiple counts of simple assault, attempted assault with a dangerous weapon – knife, possession of a prohibited weapon – knife, and unlawful entry.

The arrest affidavit says an altercation started on the sidewalk outside the bar when for unknown reasons, Malki grabbed a female customer who was outside smoking and attempted to pull her toward him. When her female friend came to her aid, Malki allegedly got “aggressive” by threatening the woman and “removed what appeared to be a knife from an unknown location” and pointed it at the woman’s friend in a threatening way, the affidavit says.

It says a Cobalt employee minutes later ordered Malki to leave the area and he appeared to do so. But others noticed that he walked toward another entrance door to Cobalt and attempted to enter the establishment knowing he had been ordered not to return because of previous problems with his behavior, the affidavit says. When he attempted to push away another employee to force his way into Cobalt, Malki fell to the ground during a scuffle and other employees held him on the ground while someone else called D.C. police.

Court records show that similar to all of Malki’s arrests, a judge released him while awaiting trial and ordered him to stay away from Cobalt and all of those he was charged with threatening and assaulting.

The records show that on Sept. 18, 2015, Malki agreed to a plea bargain offer by prosecutors in which all except two of the charges – attempted possession of a prohibited weapon and simple assault – were dropped. Judge Alfred S. Irving Jr. on Oct. 2, 2015 sentenced Malki to 60 days of incarnation for each of the two charges but suspended all but five days, which he allowed Malki to serve on weekends, the court records show.

The judge ordered that the two five-day jail terms could be served concurrently, meaning just five days total would be served, according to court records. The records also show that Judge Irving sentenced Malki to one year of supervised probation for each of the two counts and ordered that he enter an alcohol treatment program and stay away from Cobalt.

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