June 18, 2019 at 7:56 pm EDT | by Michael K. Lavers
Vigil against anti-LGBT violence to take place in Dupont Circle

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A rally against anti-LGBT violence in D.C. is scheduled to take place in Dupont Circle on June 21, 2019. (Photo by Ted Eytan; courtesy Flickr)

A vigil against the recent spate of anti-LGBT violence in D.C. is scheduled to take place on Friday in Dupont Circle.

A Facebook post says the vigil will begin at 7 p.m. The D.C. Center for the LGBT Community, the D.C. Anti-Violence Project, Capital Pride, the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, Empowering the Transgender Community and Capital Trans Pride are among the groups that are organizing the gathering.

“There will be a vigil in Dupont Circle in response to recent incidents of hate violence against the LGBTQ community,” reads the Facebook post.

The vigil will take place less than a week after a 19-year-old man from Maryland and two juveniles were arrested and charged in connection with an attack against a gay couple on U Street.

A man with a gun demanded oral sex from a group of transgender women as they walked near Casa Ruby on June 15. The incident took place less than two days after Zoe Spears, a trans woman who lived at Casa Ruby until a few weeks ago, was killed in Fairmount Heights in Prince George’s County.

Activists with whom the Washington Blade has spoken say Spears knew Ashanti Carmon, a trans women who was murdered in Fairmount Heights on March 30.

Three people were stabbed inside the Fireplace, a gay bar in Dupont Circle, early Sunday morning after “a verbal dispute.”

Michael K. Lavers is the international news editor of the Washington Blade. Follow Michael

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