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Transgender Hate Crimes It isn't getting better.

‘’Motherfucka, you got a dick,” Ahmad Robinson allegedly told a transgender woman one August night in Chinatown. Then, prosecutors say, he punched her in the face. Robinson’s alleged assault—his trial is set for February—was just one of several on trans Washingtonians this year. 2012 would have been a remarkably bad year for trans attacks in Washington, if 2011 hadn’t been so bad, too. On Feb. 2, JaParker Deoni Jones, a 23-year-old transgender woman, was stabbed at an East Capitol Street bus stop, later dying from her wounds. In March, a transgender woman was knocked unconscious by two young men. Lashay McLean, a 23-year-old transgender woman, was fatally shot in June, while assailants tried and failed to shoot another transgender person in August. Among the expanding victim count, D.C.’s Office of Human Rights launched an ad campaign in city bus shelters to promote understanding of trans Washingtonians. In the ads, transgender residents talk about their decidedly usual interests—Adele, Eastern Market, the 9:30 Club—and ask for something else that should be typical: respect and courtesy.

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