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



The DC Center is Hiring!

DC Anti Violence Project
DC Anti Violence Project
DC Anti Violence Project

The DC Center is looking to hire a part-time DC-licensed Social Worker (LGSW or LICSW) to help serve our fast-growing LGBTQ client base seeking mental health support services.

The Part-Time Social Worker will work 20 hours, (approximately 3 days per week), serving a caseload of 10-15 clients by providing both individual and group mental health support services to LGBTQ survivors of violence (intimate partner violence/domestic violence, sexual assault, bullying, hate bias crimes, physical assault, stalking, etc.) Applicants must have clinical experience working with trauma survivors both in an individual and group therapy capacity. Experience working with LGBTQ individuals in a clinical capacity is also preferred.

This position would also work with facilitators of The DC Center‘s existing support groups, including GenderQueer DC, Harm Reduction Group, LGBTQIA People with Disabilities, Center Aging and Trans Support Group, to train facilitators on best practices for leading and moderating support and discussion groups. Throughout the year, the part-time Social Worker will provide at least 3 training opportunities for facilitators to grow their skills and ensure the application of best practices for leading groups.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to our Staff Social Worker, Sam Goodwin at


The Smithsonian Institution NMAAHC Internship Application

National Museum of African American History
National Museum of African American History
National Museum of African American History



Students who are currently enrolled in an academic program, as well as individuals who have recently completed studies.

A cumulative GPA of 3.0 or its equivalent is generally expected (with withdrawals and incompletes explained).
Ability to work a minimum of twenty hours per week. These internships are unpaid.
Funding is available on a competitive basis from the Office of Fellowships and Internships.

Academic Credit

The Smithsonian Institution welcomes the opportunity to work cooperatively with schools seeking to grant academic credit for internships. Applicants are encouraged to initiate arrangements for credit with their college or university. The Smithsonian does not grant academic credit.

Internship Sessions

Internships occur during the summer, fall, and spring from 10 to 15 weeks, beginning June 1, September 15, and January 15. Start dates and duration are flexible and arranged in coordination with the supervisor.

Application Deadlines

Summer Internships: March 15

Fall Internships: July 15

Spring Internships: October 15

Applicants interested in combining an internship at the NMAAHC with a paid intern through the Minority Internship Program, Native American Internship Program, or James E. Webb Internship for Minority Undergraduate Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students in Business and Public Administration must submit an application by the deadline for these programs. For more information, see the Smithsonian Office of Fellowships and Internships.


Part-time, 3-6 month intern projects will take place throughout the year. Specific start and end dates and hours will be determined by the intern supervisor and the intern. This is an unpaid internship.


Internships will take place at the National Museum of African American History and Culture office at Capital Gallery, 600 Maryland Avenue SW, accessible by Metro Yellow/Green & Blue/Orange/Silver Lines.

Background Investigation

An internship appointment is conditional, subject to your successful completion of a pre-appointment background investigation for a non-critical, sensitive position.

How to Apply

Please apply using the Smithsonian online application system. Paper applications will not be considered.

Please be aware that complete applications must include the following:

Internship program application form
Academic transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)
Personal essay (use this to tell us how the internship will advance your academic/career goals)
Two letters of reference

Essential Tips for the Online Application

Do NOT submit your application until all necessary components are uploaded (i.e., transcripts, personal essay, resume). Once submitted you cannot upload or change anything within the application.

An unofficial or official transcript can be uploaded by first scanning the document and saving it as a .pdf or .jpeg. Please do not mail the transcript separately.

Make sure that you click the “Send Email” button. This triggers the system to email your references with instructions for uploading the reference letter. Please advise your references of this in advance.