The DC Center Seeks Nominees for our 12th Annual Reception

The DC Center Annual Reception
The DC Center Annual Reception
The DC Center Annual Reception

The DC Center will once again honor members of our community at our 12th Annual  Reception taking place Thursday, May 11th from 6:00PM to 9:00PM on the roof deck at the Warner Building (1299 Pennsylvania Ave, NW).

The Board of Directors of the DC Center invites you to nominate those you believe should be recognized. To nominate an individual please e-mail and include your name, the name of the nominee, and a detailed explanation of why this individual should be recognized.

We are looking for individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the LGBT community in Washington, DC. All nominations must be received by 5:00 PM on Monday April 3rd.

Previous honorees may not be nominated again. Previous honorees are listed below for your reference.

2016 Honorees

David Grosso
Barbara Chinn
Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus

2015 Honorees

Jim Marks
Sharon McGowan
Rayceen Pendarvis
Imani Woody

2014 Honorees
Pete Cahall
Sergeant Jessica Hawkins
Sterling Washington

2013 Honorees
Mayor Vincent Gray
Ruby Corado
Wanda Alston House

2012 Honorees
Michele Zavos
Ron Simmons
Joseph Palacios

2011 Honorees
Frank Kameny
Earline Budd
Rick Rosendall
Sheila Alexander-Reid

2010 Honorees
June Crenshaw
D.C. Allen
Councilmember Jim Graham
Linda McCalister

2009 Honorees
Jonathan Blumenthal
Councilmember Phil Mendelson

2008 Honorees
Ken South
Wallace Corbett
Kathleen DeBold

2007 Honorees
DC Crystal Meth Working Group Founding Members
Christopher Dyer
Brett Parson
David Schwartz
Kevin Shipman
Bruce Weiss

2006 Honoree
Councilmember David Catania



All Gender Restroom at the Reeves Center

All Gender Restroom

All Gender Restroom

The Reeves Center now has an all-gender restroom located on the first floor of the building.     The new sign outside the restroom states in part:

 “All Gender Restroom. Transgender and gender non-conforming people often face stress, anxiety and mistreatment when accessing the gendered bathroom that is appropriate for them. Providing access to a private non-gendered stall can reduce or even eliminate this burden.”

For several years now, District of Columbia law has required single stall restrooms to be all-gender.   For many government buildings like the Reeves Center, however, all public restrooms are multi-stall and therefore were not covered by the law.

It is our hope that every DC Government Building with at six or more public restrooms will go ahead and designate at least one restroom as an all-gender restroom.  The State Board of Education recently unanimously passed a ceremonial resolution to this effect.   Protecting and Supporting all District Students Ceremonial Resolution, includes this and other initiatives to make DC Schools safe and welcoming to all.  Thanks to Jack Jacobson (Vice President, Ward 2) for his leadership on this effort.

Thank you to the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs for their work on this, as well as the DC Office of Human Rights.   Thanks also to Councilmember Brianne Nadeau, who recently raised this issue at the oversight hearing for the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs.




Together We Will #FreeGiGi



Thank you to Collective Action for Safe Spaces, The Baltimore Transgender Alliance, SWOP Baltimore, and everyone who came out to support GiGi Thomas on the first day of her trial! The trial continues today and GiGi will testify on Wednesday. Sign up to offer car rides or secure a ride to join us back at the courthouse tomorrow to #FreeGiGi and demand an end to violence against trans women of color!:

Date & Location:
Wednesday, March 1st from 9am until 5pm
Prince George’s County District Court

14735 Main Street, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

¡Gracias a Collective Action for Safe Spaces, The Baltimore Transgender Alliance, SWOP Baltimore y todxs quienes pudieron asistir el primer dia del juicio de GiGi Thomas! Su juicio continua hoy, y mañana miercoles GiGi dara su testiminio — estaremos ahi el miercoles para apoyar a GiGi. Si necesita aventon, o si tiene carro y le puede dar aventon a otrxs, por favor contacteme por correo electronico a Juntxs vamos a liberar a GiGi y terminar la violencia contra las mujeres trans de color!

Fecha y Direccion:
miercoles 1ro de marzo de las 9 AM hasta las 5 PM
Corte del Distrito del Condado de Prince George’s en Maryland
14735 Main Street, Upper Marlboro, Maryland 20772

Center Global Seeks Volunteer Social Worker

Center Global Seeks Volunteer Social Worker
Center Global Seeks Volunteer Social Worker

Center Global, a program of the DC Center for the LGBT Community, seeks a Social Work volunteer to conduct psychosocial assessments, referrals and access to internal and community resources to Center Global program participants (specifically LGBT asylum seekers/asylees) who are experiencing personal difficulties. These will be individual interviews scheduled with the assistance of the Center Global leadership team.

Download the volunteer job description here:

Job Description – Volunteer Social Worker


Legisation Would Bar Use of Trans/Gay Panic Defense

Hate Crimes

Hate Crimes

District of Columbia Councilmember David Grosso has introduced legislation that would amend Chapter 1 of Title 23 to curtail the availability and effectiveness of defenses that seek to partially or completely excuse crimes such as murder and assault on the grounds that the victim’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or other inherent identity, is to blame for the defendant’s violent action and to require an anti-bias jury instruction in criminal trials if requested by the prosecutor or the defendant.

This would effectively bar the use of the trans panic defense or gay panic defense which has been used in several hate crimes.

Co-sponsoring the bill are councilmembers: Jack Evans, Robert White Brianne Nadeau, and Mary Cheh.

Download the legislation here.

SAFE Trial Act of 2017



SMYAL LGBT Youth Leadership Scholarships

GLBT Youth Scholarship
GLBT Youth Scholarship
LGBT Youth Scholarship

SMYAL is currently accepting applications for their 2017 LGBT Leadership Award. This award is a scholarship paid out to high school seniors who will be entering college Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. This year we have increased our scholarship funds to $10,000 and each recipient has the opportunity to be awarded up to $2,000.

Please find attached to this email the flyer containing detailed information regarding the Scholarship. We are requesting that you share this information will all of your networks and any persons whom you believe are eligible to apply.

If there are any questions please feel free to reach out to Brandan, who is cc’d on this email and assisting in coordinating these efforts. However, please direct all youth to email questions and information to

Click below to download the flyer:

SMYAL LGBT Youth Leadership Scholarships

LGBT Liaison Unit New Outreach Poster

LGBT Liaison Unit of the DC Police Department

LGBT Liaison Unit of the DC Police Department

District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department LGBT Liaison UnitThe District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) LGBT Liaison Unit has created a new outreach poster.   Click here to download the flyer now.

The LGBT Special Liaison unit serves the LGBT community throughout the District of Columbia by providing outreach, training, and education, and assisting in investigating and preventing crimes committed by, and against members of the community.

Find out more at



New Beginnings and Continued Leadership

The DC Center Board
The DC Center Board
The DC Center Board

New Beginnings and Continued Leadership

DC Center Elects New Board Members and Officers at Annual Meeting

February 1st 2017 – The Board of Directors of the DC Center for the LGBT Community elected new board members and officers at its annual meeting on January 9th, 2017. Returning to the Board of Directors are Michael Fowler, Tonya Turner, Chuck Chesson, and Mindy Michaels. The newly elected Board members are: Lance Macon, W. Taylor Monson, Bryan Murrell, and Jonathan Gilad.

The DC Center Board of Directors also elected new officers the 2017 Executive Committee. Returning officers for 2017 include: Michael Fowler as chair, Tonya Turner as vice chair, and Chuck Chesson as Chief Development Officer. Joining the Executive Committee is Lance Macon as Treasurer, W. Taylor Monson as Secretary and Jonathan Gilad as chief Communications Officer.

“ We are delighted to have such a diverse, qualified, and energetic Board to lead us going forward into 2017. I’m confident that Lance, Taylor, Bryan and Jonathan will be excellent additions to the Board” said David Mariner, the DC Center Executive Director.

Lance Macon is a seasoned real estate executive with nearly 23 years of diversified experience, and the founder and Director of Client Services for Metro Home Managers, a locally based real estate services firm. Be it one unit or 1,000 units, Lance brings this wealth of experience in all property types to bear in order to help his clients reach the goals they have for their real estate assets. Lance is also a licensed real estate agent with Keller Williams Realty in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Lance believes in giving back to the community and has previous board experience with an emerging non-profit organization that offers transitional shelter for the homeless, and a national non-profit that promotes educational equality.
Lance holds Bachelors of Business Administration from Florida A&M University, and earned a Masters of Science in Management at the Sloan School of Business at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Additionally, he is proud to be a Robert Toigo Fellow.

W. Taylor Monson is currently the Manager for Research and Innovation at the American Gastroenterological Association, where he manages a biomedical research grants portfolio worth approximately $3,000,000 annually. Mr. Monson has lived in Washington DC for 5 years and has worked with several locally-, nationally-, and internationally-focused health and science nonprofits in a variety of roles ranging from research, policy, and project management. Outside of his career Mr. Monson is an avid volunteer in the LGBT community with organizations such as Capital Pride, Whitman Walker Health, the DC Center, and the Gay District conversation group. Mr. Monson came to DC after completing a Master’s Degree in Cognitive and Social Psychological Processes at Ball State University, where his research focused on LGBT-issues and health disparate populations. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama, where he was twice awarded the Elliot Jackson Jones Memorial Scholarship for LGBT activism for his work leading the student LGBT organization. Mr. Monson is originally from a family farm in Wetumpka Alabama and can be seen enjoying the cityscape while walking his rescue dog, Zeak.

Bryan Murrell currently works as Principal PPM (Project & Portfolio Management) Consultant & Trainer with iSystems Group, LLC. He has worked as a Senior Project Server & SharePoint Systems Administrator and Information Technology Consultant for such organizations as General Atomics, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, CareFusion, L-3 Communications and LeonardoMD. He’s additionally been assigned to projects for clients including Department of Treasury and Federal Reserve Thrift Investment Board, since retiring from the military as a Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant and former Drill Instructor after 20 years and 3 days of active service where he took part in making over 10,000 Marines, founding one of the first data communication units in the military and participating in several combat deployments. He has been a Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP) since 1999. Bryan also volunteered, working with the Junior Naval ROTC program at Orange Glen High School in Escondido, California for over 10 years. He now lives in the Washington, DC. Bryan was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee and spends his free time road cycling and perfecting the art of baking cheesecakes.

Jonathan Gilad has been active in the Washington DC Jewish LGBT community since moving to DC over eight years ago. He served as Chair of Nice Jewish Boys DC (NJB), a social group that serve GBT men in their 20’s and 30’s in the Washington DC area. While chair of NJB, Jonathan initiated innovative and inclusive programing towards welcoming new members and partnering with other organizations. Jonathan has also been on the Programing Committer of the Washington DC Jewish Community Center’s Kurlander Program for LGBTQ Engagement since 2009. Aside from volunteering in the Jewish LGBTQ community, Jonathan was also elected co-Chair of the Senate LGBTQ staff association (GLASS caucus) in 2010 and continued in that role until leaving the Hill in 2012. Professionally Jonathan is a freelance communications consultant focusing on social media and membership engagement. He has a masters from the George Washington University Graduate of Political Management where he focused on digital advocacy. Jonathan moved to DC after completing his bachelors in political science in 2008 from Queens College, City University of New York, where he received the Chaney-Goodman-Schwerner Civil Rights Award for his work combating homophobia and all forms of bigotry on campus. He is also an active member of the Matzo Balls, a Thursday Stonewall Kickball team, which he helped create in 2013.

“We are delighted to welcome such distinguished members of DC’s LGBT community to the Board of Directors and are excited to see a new leadership team take the helm in 2017. Their diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests demonstrates is a true testament to the diversity of the DC LGBTQ community and the people we serve,” said David Mariner.