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Two-Spirits Belong Here at ASF House of Art 2.0: Ways of Healing

ASF (Artist Solidarty Foundation), in collaboration with MnM Creative, Underground DC and Teatro de la Septima Generacion/Seventh Generation Theatre bring you House of Art: Ways of Healing! The event is on Saturday, August 19th at 6pm at the Uptown Art House (3412 Connecticut Ave NW).

This year’s House is dedicated to discovering the various meanings that artists (and humxns) have for healing! With this, we are hoping to deepen our understanding as the artists of our generation and the diversity of our humxn experiences. House of Art: Ways of Healing is meant to be a safe space for all and meant to represent as many humxn communities as possible!

We will be presenting readings, music, poetry, one-minute plays, and we’ll talking about the ways we heal (including our upcoming annual DC Native American Heritage Theatre Festival in November).

Our featured healers include:

Tsaitami Duchicela (Inka-Puruwa; they/them/theirs; Managing Director of Seventh Generation Theatre)
Samy el-Noury, Actor (Puerto Rican Taino; he/him/his/they/them/theirs)
Dane Figueroa Edidi (Cherokee; she/her/hers)
Xemi the Two-Spirit (Salvadoran Nawat; she/her/hers; Artistic Director of Seventh Generation Theatre)
Alexa Elizabeth Rodriguez (Salvadoran Lenca; she/her/hers; Director ofTranslatina Coalition DMV)
Maria Alejandra Salas-Baultano (Indigenous Peruvian; she/her/hers)
Pablo Ventura (Indigenous Salvadoran; they/them/theirs)

Please come out to support Native American 2TIAQ+ (Two-Spirit, Transgender, Intersex, Asexual, Queer+) Artists as we heal.

ASF will be asking for a suggested $10 donation to enter the event.

Please share and donate to our fundraiser for our annual healing event: DC Native American Heritage Theatre Festival.

We will also be selling product from our artists, including Two-Spirit prints from which funds will be used to pay the participating artists.

https://www.youcaring.com/septimageneracionseventhgenerationtheatre-746389

Check out the facebook event here.

Exciting things are happening at the DC Center with Capital Bikeshare

 

Great news for our community members. The DC Center will embark on expanding its Capital Bikeshare community partners program to include community members. Previously Capital Bikeshare memberships were only given to Center Global participants due to the needs of the people Center Global served. We believe that as a center for the community, we should do everything we can for members who may need assistance. The DC Center is able to offer our clients a Capital Bikeshare annual membership for only $5. Clients with this membership will receive extended ride times, classes with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, and, of course, a free Capital Bikeshare helmet.

DDOT Director Leif A. Dormsjo said in a statement, “It is critical that those with the most need are able to travel quickly and economically to and from their appointments, jobs, training and classes. By including need-based Capital Bikeshare annual memberships, we are ensuring that all District residents can use this healthy, affordable and efficient means of travel.”
Services like the Capital Bikeshare Community Partners Program go a long way in helping our clients succeed. Capital Bikeshare is a regional bike sharing system jointly owned by the District of Columbia, Arlington County, the City of Alexandria and Montgomery County and operated by Motivate International, Inc. Launched in September 2010, the system gives members access to thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations.

 

How does this work

To be eligible you would be required to be an active member of one of the groups that meet at the center, for example : The youth working group, HIV Working Group , PFLAG, Gay District, Poly and Bi groups.

Facilitators of The DC Center groups are able to recommend participants who may need access to this service. This is fairly new and we are working on some of the details. For now facilitators of these groups can write a letter of recommendation as to why each member should be enrolled, participants will then visit the center on a Monday or Wednesday with letter in hand to enroll,along with their $5 membership fee. Memberships are not determined based on income, membership is based on your participation in these groups.

 

For questions please email lamar@thedccenter.org

DiCción Queer Announces DC Love – a Tribute: a Community Event to Commemorate the Casualties at Pulse Nightclub

DiCción Queer, in partnership with TRADE and Gays Against Guns DC, invites the community to the performance of DC Love – a Tribute: a Community Event to Commemorate the Casualties at Pulse Nightclub. The performance takes place at TRADE, 1410 14th Street, NW, on Monday, June 12th from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm. and will include dramatic readings, solo dances and songs to commemorate the casualties and pay tribute to those who lost loved ones at the Pulse nightclub shooting one year ago.

The performance aspires to serve as a catalyst for an open discussion on gun violence and the LGBTQ+ community. At the end of the tribute, actors and audience will initiate a candlelight procession that will end at Dupont Circle, site of the Pride Fund’s Candle Light Vigil to End Gun Violence.

The community performance will happen with the support of Gays Against Guns,  Pride, and Colectivo de Artistas Latinx.

About DiCción Queer: DiCción Queer is a bilingual LGBTQ+ Latinx arts organization active in the Washington DC metropolitan area with the purpose of developing, nurturing, and supporting the Latinx LGBTQ+ arts. Check us out on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DiccionQueer/

What have your experiences been with the Metropolitan Police Department?

Metropolitan Police Department Community Engagement Surveye
Metropolitan Police Department Community Engagement Surveye
Metropolitan Police Department Community Engagement Surveye

The DC Anti-Violence Project, a program of the DC Center for the LGBT Community, has been invited to sit on a community policing panel organized by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). We want to hear from YOU about your experiences with the MPD.

This survey is completely anonymous. Thank you for your help!  To begin the survey, simply follow the link below:

Take the survey now.

 

 

New Trans Health Coordinator at HAHSTA

Diedre Gray
Diedre Gray
Diedre Gray

The DC Department of Health (DOH) HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD and TB Administration (HAHSTA) has hired Diedre Gray to serve in a newly created role as the Trans Health Coordinator.   Ken Pettigrew, from HAHSTA, stated:

” Diedre has been at HAHSTA since June 2016 as a Health IMPACT Specialist. Now serving as the Trans Health Coordinator, Diedre will be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with community partners from the academic, medical, governmental and community that are involved in transgender health. Diedre will further be responsible for establishing guidelines on approaches for gender affirming procedures like transitioning, hormone replacement therapy, safety and other elements that would have an impact on transgender persons overall health and wellness. Diedre will be working across the agency to inform, support and assess specific needs as it relates to transgender health.”

 

 

 

Trans Youth Leadership Summit Applications Open

Trans Youth Leadership Summit (TYLS) is a collaborative fellowship program providing young transgender people the opportunity to work toward liberation through collective organizing for solidarity, advocacy, and empowerment. TYLS fosters the skills of dozens of emerging trans leaders and puts them at the forefront of critical issues transgender people face. We are bringing together revolutionary young trans leaders to heal from transphobic violence, build communities, learn how to enact restorative justice, and create direct action. TYLS looks toward root causes rather than simply covering up the effects of anti-transgender violence.

Few people recognize that some of the most influential uprisings in our community were incited by young gender nonconforming and trans people of color. Sylvia Rivera was only 17 and Marsha P. Johnson was only 23 at the time of Stonewall.
Now, there are currently no other national programs centering the leadership of young transgender people. Recognizing this, we will provide participants with funding for future conferences and events after the summit and connect with them through check-ins to further foster activism in their communities. TYLS is NOT just a summit, it is an ongoing relationship between trans community members.

Eligibility requirements:
1. You are trans, two spirit, Hijra, genderqueer, or nonbinary (please contact us if you feel your identity should be included on this list)
2. You are located in the United States
3. You are available to go to our Summit in Los Angeles on July 13th-16th
4. You are a youth (under the age of 26)

We hope to be as transparent as possible in our signup process. We are able to cover all expenses incurred during the summit for our participants (travel, food, etc), so please consider applying even if you are not able to pay for them yourself. You can sign up and learn more about selection on our website Trans Youth Leadership Summit. To make TYLS as accessible as possible, we also have an essay-optional video application as well as a mailable/printable application. If you cannot apply but know someone who can, you can also nominate them!

Important Dates:
March 13th-April 10th 11:59 PM PST: Applications for TYLS open
April 10th-22nd: Applications for TYLS close, selection process begins, finalists are chosen and reached out to
April 23rd-May 1st: Trans Student Educational Resources members collectively choose participants
April 25th-May 5th: Transportation is booked for participants
May 15th: Social media groups for participants are created for collaboration and introductions
July 13th: Participants fly into Los Angeles and are introduced
July 14th: First full day of workshops, stories, and education
July 15th: Second full day of workshops and education
July 16th: Evaluations and additional workshops, participants depart
July 22nd: Participants are given final evaluations
July 22nd-ongoing: Participants collaborate with Trans Student Educational Resources on making TYLS sustainable and spreading what they learned at the summit at conferences and events

If you have questions, you can contact us at TSER [at] transstudent.org.

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

#FreeGiGi

#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!: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSciqKXZtsGSK-lDrwHNyWBQ5jtJ8oWa3fkTAxoZJHPVJ5qTpw/viewform

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 lissette@thedccenter.org. 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

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