Lockers for displaced LGBTQ Youth

Lockers for LGBTQ Youth

Are you a displaced LGBTQ youth who needs a place to store important documents for job hunting?  The DC Center for the LGBT Community has 15 lockers available to the LGBT Community, free of charge, for storing documents related to job searching such as: birth certificates, social security cards, or other identifying information. Come by the DC Center to checkout the lockers! For more information ask for Chris. You can also e-mail chris@thedccenter.org

2018 Major Events in the DC LGBT Community

2018 Major Events
2018 Major Events
2018 Major Events

Included below are a list of major events taking place in 2018 at the DC Center as well as other major events in the local LGBT Community.  If you have an event you would like included on this list, please e-mail supportdesk@thedccenter.org.

January

MLK Day Holiday Parade – January 15th – website | facebook

Creating Change Conference in Washington DC – January 24th to 28th – website

February

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – February 7th

March

No events yet for March!

April

National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – April 10th

National Day of Silence – Date TBD

May

National Foster Care Month – May

Gay Day at the Zoo – May 6th – websitefacebook

International Family Equality Day – May 6th

International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia – May 17th

National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – May 19th

June

Capital Pride – June 7th-10th – website

TAVA Wreath Laying for Transgender Veterans – June 16th – website | facebook

July

No Events yet for July!

August

OutWrite LGBT Book Festival – August 3-5 – websitefacebook

DC Queer Theatre Festival – August – Dates TBD

September

National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day – September 18th

Celebrate Bisexuality Awareness Day – September 23rd

National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – September 27th

October

LGBT History Month – October

National Coming Out Day – October 11th

National Latinx HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – October 15th

Spirit Day – October 16th

National LGBT Community Center Awareness Day – October 19th

Intersex Awareness Day – October 26th

Reel Affirmations Film Festival- October – Date TBD

SMYAL Brunch – October  – Date TBD

November

Veterans Day Annual Observance – November 11th – website | facebook

Beaujolais Nouveau DC Center Women’s Event – November 15th – website | facebook

Transgender Day of Remembrance – November 20th – website | facebook

Thanksgiving – November 22nd – website | facebook

Small Business Saturday

December

World AIDs Day – December 1st

International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers – December 17th

Age-Friendly Pride Initiative.

Age-Friendly Pride Initiative
Age-Friendly Pride Initiative
Age-Friendly Pride Initiative

CenterLink (The National Association of LGBT Community Centers) is partnering with The Center for Black Equity, InterPride, and SAGE on an age-friendly* Pride initiative.

The goal of this initiative is to encourage the inclusion of older LGBT individuals in all aspects of Pride parades, marches, and festivals and we need your help! Below is a link to two surveys that we are hoping you will push out. One is for participants, and one is for people who have a Pride planner, sponsor, or organizer role.

The results of these surveys will inform the creation of an Age-Friendly Pride Toolkit (a set of tools, such as guidelines, resources, and checklists) that we hope will increase the age-friendliness of Pride parades, marches, and festivals nationwide. The audience for the toolkit are organizers, sponsors, and providers responsible for planning and implementing Pride-related activities.

We would be grateful if you took a few minutes to complete a brief survey. The results will inform the creation of an Age-Friendly Pride Toolkit, which we hope will be used to increase the age-friendliness of Prides across the country. Thank you in advance for taking the time to give us your feedback!

Pride Participant Survey

Pride Planner, Sponsor, and Organizer Survey

Standing with LGBTQ Dreamers

Dream Act
Dream Act
LGBTQ Dream Act

The DC Center is proud to be one of 127 LGBTQ and allied organizations calling on Congress to pass a clean Dream Act in the following letter.    (You can also download the entire letter with footnotes and signatories here)


The undersigned 127 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) and allied
organizations call on Congress to pass a clean Dream Act before the end of this year. Congress
has no excuse not to pass the Dream Act of 2017. The bipartisan bill has the support of a
majority of Americans, including those who identify as Trump supporters. Congress has a
responsibility to address this issue and to be in solidarity with immigrants by passing the Dream
Act without harmful provisions such as increased border or interior enforcement as well as any
cuts to other immigration categories, such as refugees, diversity visa lottery recipients, and green
card holders.

Dreamers are a part of the American family and help make our communities vibrant. Moreover,
passing the Dream Act would add a total of $22.7 billion to the United States’ GDP every year;
gains that could add up to as much as $1 trillion over the next decade when including the
productivity bump that would result from dreamers’ increased educational attainment.

Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA), thousands of LGBTQ
people have been able to pursue higher education, improve their economic security, and live
securely with their families and in their communities.4 Additionally, DACA has empowered a
number of its recipients to come out as LGBTQ to authentically live their lives. If deported,
many LGBTQ people will find themselves in a country where they have little to no legal rights
and are more likely to experience anti-LGBTQ violence and possibly death. Nearly 80 countries
criminalize same-sex relationships and many without explicit laws remain very dangerous for the
LGBTQ community. For example, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights reported that nearly 600 people died from anti-LGBTQ violence in Latin America between January 2013
and March 2014.

Adding increased enforcement provisions to the Dream Act is unacceptable because those
measures will further endanger LGBTQ asylum seekers seeking protection. Additionally, they
will increase the risk of profiling, detention, and deportation for LGBTQ immigrants in the U.S.
Because the LGBTQ community faces discrimination in many aspects of life (i.e. being fired or
not hired, or being refused housing), they face higher incarceration rates than those who are not
LGBTQ. Given these forms of discrimination, many LGBTQ people have a higher rate of
contact with law enforcement, and are therefore at higher risk of deportation because of 287(g)
agreements and policies which encourage local jails to identify and hold immigrants for
Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The President’s decision to end DACA is an attack on immigrant young people and families
living in our communities, as well as on our values of fairness, equality, and opportunity. The
decision has left many individuals feeling helpless and powerless over their future, and fearing
that they may be taken from their families and communities at any moment. For example, the
Trevor Project has received multiple contacts from those experiencing suicidal ideation and crisis
due to the immigration policies that would return LGBTQ youth to their potentially anti-LGBTQ
countries of origin. These calls to national LGBTQ youth suicide prevention services continue to
occur as the immigration policies remain uncertain. You have the power to restore to these
individuals the hope and opportunity that should be hallmarks of our country.
We call on Congress to be on the right side of history by passing a clean Dream Act before going
home for the holidays. The time is now.

Debrief from LGBT Health Report Meeting

DC LGBT Health Report Meeting
DC LGBT Health Report Meeting
DC LGBT Health Report Meeting

The DC Department of Health held an LGBT Health Symposium on Saturday October 21st at the Chevy Chase Community.   Community organizations in attendance included Casa Ruby, The DC Center for the LGBT Community, Smyal, and Whitman Walker Health.

Guillame Bagal took notes from the meeting.  Download Guillame’s notes using the link below.

District of Columbia LGBT Health Symposium 10.21.2017 – gb

More pictures and comments from the Symposium can be found on twitter using the hashtag #LGBTHealthDC.

If you would like to be part of the ongoing conversation about LGBT Health Equity in the District of Columbia like our facebook page at fb.com/lgbthealthdc or follow us on twitter at twitter.com/lgbthealthdc.

 

LGBTQ Aging Town Hall

LGBTQ Aging Town Hall
LGBTQ Aging Town Hall
LGBTQ Aging Town Hall

Thank you to everyone who came out to the LGBTQ Aging Town Hall.   Thanks especially to all the LGBTQ older adults who came out and made their voices heard!

To follow the discussion from the town hall, you can check out the hashtag #LGBTQAgingDC on Twitter.   Click here to see the discussion.  The Washington Blade also wrote a story about the town hall.  Click here to read the Washington Blade Story.

Here are a few quick follow up notes for folks who were at the Town Hall.

We remain steadfast in our requests from the Office of Aging.

  • Capacity building grants to LGBTQ organizations in DC that want to serve LGBTQ Older Adults
  • A congregant meal program for LGBTQ older adults in the District
  • Better data on LGBTQ older adults.

As always we encourage you to follow Center Aging on facebook at facebook.com/centeraging or on twitter at twitter.com/centeraging for updates.   You can also call the DC Center support desk during office hours at 202 682-2245.

LGBTQ older adults are welcome to join us for Coffee & Conversation, which takes place every Monday morning from 10:00 AM to Noon at the DC Center.   We also host a lunch for LGBTQ older adults on the fourth Friday of every month from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.  Finally, we hope you will also join us on Thanksgiving Day starting at 1:00 PM (and bring your favorite board game!).

You all gave some great suggestions to the Office of Aging this week, and it remains to be seen what they will do with those suggestions.  Every older adult in the District deserves an equal opportunity to thrive in their senior years, and we know the Office of Aging is just not reaching our community the way they should be.   We will see what happens, but in the meantime, we will keep pushing for equity, I know you will keep pushing as well.  Thanks everyone!

-David Mariner

 

 

 

Legal Assistant Position for Leading LGBTQ Legal Rights Organization

Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, GLBTQ Legal Advocates &
Defenders (GLAD) works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of
discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation. Founded
in 1978, GLAD has a commitment to communication, diversity, racial and economic justice, team
work, results orientation, and collaboration, and has classified these as core values that are integral to
fulfilling our mission.
                                                                       Position Description
GLAD’s Legal Assistants provide key support for GLAD’s six attorneys in advancing the mission
and goals of the organization. The Legal Assistant performs legal and social science research, drafts
research memoranda, prepares court documents and correspondence, and proofreads and checks
citations for complex legal documents. In addition, the Legal Assistant performs regular
administrative tasks such as coordinating meetings and travel, filing and maintaining records,
scanning, copying, preparing expense reports, and providing phone coverage. This position offers an
excellent opportunity to learn about the litigation process and the legal issues affecting the LGBTQ
community and people living with HIV.
                                                                  Qualifications
Qualified candidates will have a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent professional work experience; strong
written and oral communication skills; proven research abilities; and proficiency in Microsoft Office.
The ideal candidate will be proactive, organized, and attentive to details. The ability to work
cooperatively in a team is essential to the Legal Assistant work setting. In addition, the ideal candidate
will be able to prioritize multiple activities in a fast-paced environment and read, analyze, interpret,
and summarize legal and social science documents, including case law and statutes. Familiarity with
the legal system is helpful but not required.
                                                                    Compensation
$33,200 plus excellent benefits: three weeks of paid vacation, fully paid health and dental insurance,
and disability insurance.

To apply, please send the following materials (One combined PDF format preferred):
1) Résumé
2) Cover letter (no more than one page) addressed to Ben Klein, Senior Attorney
and AIDS Law Project Director. Please do not restate your resume.
3) Writing sample (no more than 5 pages)

Please send materials to legalassistant@glad.org. Emails should contain the subject line “Legal
Assistant Application.” Please indicate in your application specifically where you learned of the
position. Applications will be considered until July 30 on a rolling basis, or until position is
filled. No phone calls, and no video résumés please.

GLAD is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. GLAD is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally
diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications
from transgender persons, people living with HIV, people of color, and individuals with disabilities.

DC Black Pride May 26 – May 29

Since 1991, DC Black Pride (DCBP) has been held annually during Memorial Day Weekend in our nation’s capital — Washington, D. C.

Year after year, more than 50,000 men and women from all over the world attend DCBP and experience the great culture and history of the Washington, DC area. Attendees have come to expect only quality social and non-social events.

DCBP is the inspiration for numerous annual Black LGBT pride events in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Brazil, Africa and the Caribbean since its founding.

DCBP looks forward to seeing you May 26 through 29 for DC Black Pride 2017. This year’s theme, The Ties that Bind: Twenty Seven Years of DC Black Pride, celebrates the strong bonds within the LGBT communitiy.

 

Please visit http://www.dcblackpride.org/schedule.htm  for more information on the workshops, parties, and community events!

See You There!!!

Latin American Youth Center’s Housing Programs

The Latin American Youth Center’s (LAYC‘s) Drop-In Center is a safe space for youth 24 years old and under, of any race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity to connect to safe housing resources.
Core services  include:
  • Housing for One Year
  • Intensive Case Management for educational, vocational, health and other needs
  • In-House Mental Health Counseling
  • Assistance finding jobs
  • Support in accessing public benefits
  • Food, laundry, showers, computers, diapers, clothing, and more
For more information, drop by 3045 15th Street NW, Washington, DC, Monday through Friday between 10am and 6pm, or call (202) 713-0475.

The DC Center’s Youth Working Group Honors Timothy Elliott and Celina Gerbic

Celina Gerbic and Timothy Elliott
Celina Gerbic and Timothy Elliott
Celina Gerbic and Timothy Elliottt

The DC Center Youth Working Group will recognize Celina Gerbic and Timothy Elliott at the Youth Working Group Reception on May 18th.

2017 Youth Champion of the Year

Timothy Elliott is a licensed clinical social worker in DC who has a passion for supporting LGBTQ youth. He has been working in the District since 2009 and currently serves as the Coordinator of LGBT Youth Mental Health Programs at Whitman-Walker Health, a federally qualified health center. Timothy developed the LGBT youth mental health program – providing low-barrier, comprehensive outpatient mental health services for LGBTQ youth and young adults affected by crime. Additionally, he provides therapy and clinical trainings through his private practice located in Northern Virginia focusing on supporting gender expansive children, youth and their families. He has previously held the role of the Program Coordinator for Rainbow Youth Alliance, an adult-facilitated, peer-to-peer support group for LGBTQ youth and their allies in Rockville, MD and currently serves on the RYA Advisory Council. As a Social Worker, Timothy strives to encourage and develop safe, affirming spaces for all LGBTQ youth and their allies. Timothy is often seen as the “squeaky wheel” in agencies and organization he works with; he tirelessly advocates for needed changes in how we are supporting our LGBTQ youth. He obtained a BSW from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and his MSW from Andrews University in Michigan. In addition, he has completed advanced training and certification programs around trauma treatment, expressive therapies, and co-occuring disorders. He works with several local universities guest lecturing on issues around youth mental health, trauma, and the specifics needs of LGBTQ youth – committed to lifting youth voices and challenging providers to do better. His experience working within schools, outpatient mental health facilities, and government agencies has provided him with a vast knowledge and respect for how multiple systems work together. He has spoken at national conferences on various topics within youth mental health and meeting the unique needs of LGBTQ youth. In his free time, Timothy enjoys running and juggling. Most of all he enjoys getting to know people and hearing their stories.

2017 Youth Advocate of the Year

Celina Gerbic served a 2-year term as Co-Chair of the Trevor Project’s DC Ambassadors Committee from 2012-2014 and has been serving as Chair of the Education & Community Outreach Committee since 2010. She has been responsible for Trevor’s outreach with local area schools and community organizations, and has managed the Lifeguard Workshop trainings and volunteer coordination for local opportunities. She has also served on the DC Public Schools LGBTQ Steering Committee since 2011, working together with other community leaders to create the Plan for Inclusivity which was approved in August 2011 and has been implemented in over 30 pilot schools. This work is now focused on creating and implementing a transgender guidance policy. She currently serves on Point Foundation’s Regional Board of Trustees, serving as Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2014, and has co-chaired Point’s Annual Cornerstone Reception since 2013. She was a founding member of the GSA “Leading With Pride” Conference, working with other community organizations as a representative of the Trevor Project to create the first ever GSA conference in DC. She has served on the DC Citywide Bullying Prevention Task Force since 2013, and helped plan “It Takes A District: Tools & Tips to Prevent Bullying”. As a representative of the Trevor Project, she served on the Panel Planning Committee with Ford’s Theater Lincoln Legacy Project, assembling a panel “To Achieve and Cherish a Just and Lasting Peace: Envisioning a World Beyond Hate” in 2013. Celina has also served as a member of the DC Concerned Providers Coalition since 2010 and received their Excellence Award for Leadership & Commitment to LGBT Youth in 2013. She formerly served on the Board of UNA (Urban Neighborhood Alliance) as Advisory Committee Chairman, is a founding member of the 17th Street Festival, and has served as Arts & Entertainment chair for the festival. Celina was formerly a trial attorney focusing on employment discrimination law and a partner in a Boston firm, Thornton & Naumes. She received Boston University’s Young Lawyer Chair Award in 2000 and was named one of Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly “Up and Coming Lawyers” in 1998. Currently, Celina is the Annual Fund Coordinator at School for Friends, a Quaker preschool devoted to diversity in Dupont Circle.

About the Youth Working Group Awards and Reception

The  2017 Youth Working Group Reception on Thursday, May 18 from 6 to 8pm at Agora Restaurant at 1527 17th Street NW.  In addition to presenting our two awards, the event will have free appetizers, a champagne toast, and happy hour drink specials. There will also be a silent auction table and great several raffle prizes, too.

Tickets for $20, host committee tickets of $50, and sponsorship opportunities from $100 to $500 are at www.tinyurl.com/ywg2017.

Proceeds raised at this event will go to fully support mini-grants for gay-straight alliances and other LGBT affinity groups in middle and high schools; travel stipends for DC Center summer and fall interns; prizes and giveaways for year-round LGBT youth events; and staff support for our courageous advocacy efforts.

In previous years, our Youth Working Group Reception gave awards to Jim Graham of the DC Council; Maggie Riden of the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates; Jeff Poirier of American Institutes for Research; and Travis Wise of DENIM/Us Helping Us. Members of the group and the public submit nominations and current members of the group vote on winners.

About the Youth Working Group

In 2010, the Youth Working Group was founded at the DC Center. We are a group of 200 community members focused on creating a city where LGBTQ youth are safe, respected, and connected! Our priorities are safe shelter, freedom from bullying, affirming laws, policies, and practices, and avenues to make youth voices heard on issues affecting their lives. Since our inception, we were instrumental in supporting the passage of bills to ensure: More shelter beds for runaway youth; LGBTQ competency training for shelter workers; a ban on health providers trying to change a minor’s sexual orientation; mandatory LGBT training for all licensed healthcare providers; suicide prevention training requirements for school teachers; some of the nation’s most LGBT affirming and medically accurate health/sex education standards; and much more! We meet monthly at the DC Center.

About the DC Center for the LGBT Community

Founded in 2002, The DC Center’s mission is to educate, empower, celebrate, and connect the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. To fulfill our mission, we focus on four core areas: health and wellness, arts & culture, social & support services, and advocacy and community building.  Visit www.thedccenter.org.