November 17, 2016 at 10:08 am EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Launch party set for new D.C. trans group
Earline Budd, transgender health empowerment, transgender activist, Washington DC, Empowering Transgender Community

Longtime D.C. transgender advocate Earline Budd is the founder and executive director of ETC. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

A launch celebration for the newly formed D.C. transgender advocacy and services organization called Empowering Transgender Community, or ETC, was scheduled to be held Saturday, Nov. 19, at Town Danceboutique from 6-9 p.m., according to a statement released by the group.

Longtime D.C. transgender advocate Earline Budd, the founder and executive director of ETC, says in the statement that the organization plans to carry out a wide range of services and programs for the transgender community, including housing.

LGBT community ally Alison Gardner states in her community blog Venus Plus X that Budd told her the new group’s mission “will be laser-focused on education and advocacy on issues such as HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted disease prevention, substance abuse, mental health, health services, housing, employment, and vocational training.”

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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