Campaign for Change

D.C. Launches Nation’s First Government-Funded Anti-Transgender Discrimination Campaign

The nation’s capital just got more inclusive with a   groundbreaking  ad campaign, backed by the government.

Washington D.C.’s Office of Human Rights has created what LGBT organizations are calling “the first government-sponsored campaign in the nation to focus solely on transgender and gender non-conforming people,” according to OHR director, Gustavo Velazquez.

Velazquez told the Washington Blade the campaign is meant to increase understanding/decrease discrimination of the transgender community,  as well as to encourage the reporting of discrimination in the D.C. area. The Office of Human Rights worked with both local and national organizations to develop the campaign, including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Transgender Health Empowerment and the Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs.

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  • Cali Greg

    Oh please! That city is a mess. What D.C needs is a discrimination campaign against all the violence ALL LGBT endure. It’s frightening. And that this campaign is cheered as progress is pretty insulting, considering the other numbers of gay and lesbians brutally beat or stabbed or shot or killed in D.C. Where’s an all inclusive campaign agaisnt violence for us all LGBT in that city? Won’t visit anytime soon until it happens.

  • Washingtonian

    I agree that far more needs to be done here in DC in regards to combating hate crimes toward gays, and all LGBT in general. I don’t see the grassroots effort to especially challenge authorities, and the police force who seem indifferent toward the crimes targetting all LGBT and I wish more pressure was placed on serving our community better. It needs to happen.

  • Jackson

    D.C is going to be known as the new Jamaica of the U.S if it doesn’t get its act right, cuz right now, it’s not cute the intolerance of that city. Agree that more gay groups need to work locally to change that, and make local leaders get involved.

  • Clockwork

    @Cali Greg:

    I agree.

  • Dana Riel

    There is no such thing as LGBT.

  • 2Dads

    @Dana Riel: There sure is. Gotta get used to it by now =) we’re not going anywhere.

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