The Transgender Community Condemns the Murder of Ashanti Carmon

Ashanti Carmon

Update: The Press conference has been cancelled but the vigil will take place as described below.

The Transgender community condemns the murder of Ashanti Carmon, a 27-year old transgender woman who was brutally shot multiple times to death in the 5000 Block of Jost Street in the town of Fairmount Heights Maryland on the morning of Saturday March 30th.

The Transgender community and other local LGBTQ organizations joins the Carmon family and friends in mourning this senseless loss.  Her murder reminds us all of how often the transgender community is targeted for violence in our society.   Sadly, violence against transgender people has become far too common in many cities.  While this murder was just across the Eastern Avenue line and happen in Maryland, Ashanti is well known and loved in the DC area by many.  In looking back on murders it brings us to the shooting death on Eastern Avenue N.E. of Lashai McClean age 23 who was killed in July of 2011.   While this murder may or may not be characterized as a hate crime by police at this time, it is important that each of us works to eradicate transphobia on a personal and societal level.

The LGBTQ community is organizing a vigil, which will take place on April 02, 2019 at 6:30pm in the 5000 block of Jost Street near the site of the attack.  The LGBTQ community encourages everyone to participate and show solidarity against hatred and violence.  Also, Funeral arrangements are pending and will be announced once released.

A Day in the Queer Life of Asian Pacific America

A Day in the Queer Life

A Day in the Queer Life of Asian Pacific America (ADQLAPA) is a new digital exhibition by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC) documenting queer life in Asian American and Pacific Islander communities throughout the country.

An extension of APAC’s 2014 digital exhibition A Day in the Life of Asian Pacific America, ADQLAPA borrows the former exhibition’s attention to the everyday, its notion of examining life all across Asian Pacific America, including lesser-known geographic pockets and lesser-known dimensions of experience. ADQLAPA features both solicited and crowd-sourced media—video shorts, photography, boomerangs, video poems, and a longform essay—divided into several channels, to offer multiple entry points and a nuanced engagement with queer Asian American and Pacific Islander life.

View the Online Exhibit Here

Center Global to be Honored by GLAA

GLAA to Honor Center Global

GLAA, one of the US’ oldest LGBTQ advocacy organizations, will honor Center Global, with its Distinguished Service Award during GLAA’s 48th Anniversary Reception on April 18, 2019. The GLAA cited Center Global for its unique support model, its aid to over 300 asylum seekers, and its creation of an LGBT-safe community. Center Global began in 2012 when Matt Corso and Eric Scharf co-founded the program, a part of the DC Center for the LGBT community. Tom Sommers, chair and Eric Scharf, vice-chair lead Center Global with the help of many volunteers and their time.

Find out more about the GLAA Awards Reception Here.

Recovery & Meeting Information

LGBTQ Recovery




Using SAMSHA’s behavioral health treatment locator : You can search for facilities by entering your zip code, clicking the substance abuse (SA) checkbox, then checking “lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) clients.”

You also can search for AA meetings to attend and discuss with recovered LGBT people in your area:

Councilmember Trayon White Calls for Funds for LGBTQ Youth & Senior Housing

Councimember Trayon White (Ward 8) has submitted budget FY 2020 Budget Requests to Mayor Muriel Bowser and they include funding for LGBTQ Youth & Senior Housing.

The Budget request includes $500,000 for grants to non-profits through DHCD to support organizations that are working to provide housing security to LGBT seniors and homeless youth.

Councilmember White stated in his announcement: “As I fight to keep the above mentioned initiatives a priority in the final FY20 budget, I encourage you to testify at the upcoming public hearings and participate in the process. It is a pleasure to serve the residents of Ward 8.”

See all the recommendations below.

Trayon White Budget Reccomendations
Trayon White Budget Recommendations


Job Opening: Stoli Brand Ambassadors

Stolie Brand Ambassadors

Soho Experiential is seeking to hire Brand Ambassadors for a Stoli event next Monday March 18th at Nellies.

You will also need fill in the SoHo Lookbook with the below

  1. Head shot
  2. Body Shot
  3. Experience.

All potential staff for the Stoli team will need to complete a video for the client to review prior to approval to work these events.

  • The video should be super short reciting the script below to showcase your personality.
  • If you need assistance uploading your video, you are welcome to email or text it to me and I will upload it for you. We can also do a video chat and I can record you that way as well; just send me an email to set-up a time.
  • They are looking for staff that can rally the room and stand out in a crowd.

 Stoli Loud & Clear Video Casting Submission :

This program’s success hinges on performers who can bring together a crowd in a fun and interactive way.

Talent with Improv, Tradeshow, Hosting backgrounds are especially welcome.

Looking forward to reviewing your videos and we’ll let you know as soon as the client completes their casting choices.

Set up for your smartphone/iphone video:

  • Be camera-ready
  • Framing of the video should show head to toe
  • Plain wall or background
  • Quiet space


The energy should be fun and celebratory, welcoming for a large crowd to get excited Stoli.

“Hey, My name is _______, from the _____ market!

We’re gonna make it ‘loud & clear’ that Stoli is THE brand to celebrate with!

My fav stoli flavor is _____ because it’s __________ like me!!”

For more information contact Cory Brim at 240.264.0247 or

Center Global Award Nominations

Center Global Award Nominations

Center Global will be presenting two awards at its annual fundraising reception on Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Room & Board in Logan Circle.

  • The Global Advocate Award is awarded to an individual or organization that has helped to advance global LGBT human rights and to support asylum seekers, asylees, and refugees in the United States
  • The Global Courage Award is awarded to an individual asylum seeker, asylee, or refugee who, while in the diaspora, has worked to support the cause of global LGBT human rights and supported their fellow immigrants in the US.

Please submit the name of the individual or organization whose work you believe is deserving of the Global Advocate Award and/or theGlobal Courage Award using the link below. Please include a brief explanation of the reasons why you believe the individual or organization deserves the award(s).

Please submit your nominations by April 1, 2019.  Nomination Form for Center Global Awards

Transmasculine Sexual Health Research Opportunity

Transmasculine Health

Can a mobile app improve sexual health and HIV prevention for transmasculine individuals?  George Washington University is asking transmasculine individuals to participate in four advisory board meetings where they will view a new mobile app and provide feedback.  You may be eligible if

  • you: are 18-34 years old
  • identify as transmasculine
  • reside in the Washington, DC metro area
  • speak English

The purpose of this advisory board is to seek input on:

  • Issues including PrEP, reproductive health, health care resources, and the broader health of transmasculine individuals
  • A mobile app that provides sexual health and HIV prevention information tailored to the specific needs of transmasculine individuals

For more information about the first meeting on Tuesday March 12th at 6:00 PM, contact them at (202) 768-1111 or All calls and emails are kept confidential. Advisory board members may receive $50/meeting for their participation.


US Census Job Openings

2020 Census Job Opportunities

The U.S. Census Bureau is currently hiring for a number of positions related to the 2020 Census.   To be eligible, you must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen.   The Census Bureau is hiring for a variety of temporary jobs, including census takers, recruiting assistants, office staff, and supervisory staff.

To find out more or apply online visit: