Posts Tagged ‘D.C. Council’

Trans Activists to D.C.: “Understand That We’re Real People”

Last Wednesday, the D.C. Council held a public oversight hearing to discuss D.C.'s recent LGB Health Report—and its exclusion of transgender health data from the findings. In this video summary of the meeting from the DC Center, trans activist Ruby Corado sums up the problem: "There's a lot of agencies—and I will say local agencies—that [...]

Weigh In on Trans Healthcare In D.C.

Last week, we took a close eye to the lack of transgender data in D.C.'s first LGB Health report. This Wednesday, the D.C. Council will do the same in a public oversight roundtable on the report. Councilmember Yvette Alexander scheduled the meeting after her office "received complaints from various organizations that were troubled by [...]

Protecting LGBT Victims of Domestic Violence

Tomorrow, the D.C. Council will hold a public hearing [PDF] on the "Protecting Victims of Crime Amendment Act of 2010." The legislation would amend the D.C. Human Rights Act to "protect victims and family members of victims of domestic violence, sexual abuse, and stalking against discrimination by employers." Tomorrow, Rainbow Response Coalition co-chair Amy Loudermilk [...]

Marion Barry: Mary Cheh Has “Great Femininity”

According to a tipster privy to a D.C. Council hearing today, Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry had this to say about Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh: "Ms. Cheh you are attractive, glamorous, and have great femininity." Uh—I guess it beats getting called an "angry woman" and then receiving a bouquet of flowers for your [...]

MPD Officer Groped By Suspect

One of the gripes leveled at the Sexist's recent groping coverage is that it has so far focused on only one category of victim—women. Men get groped, too, so let's hear one male victim's story. This weekend, a male MPD officer was subjected to a public genital grab, courtesy of a violent burglary suspect. The [...]

Marion Barry Accidentally Recognizes Gay Marriage

Over on City Desk, Mike DeBonis is reporting that the D.C. Council voted unanimously to pass a package of bills that includes recognition for out of state same-sex marriages.
Why did Marion Barry, who led a chant of "No to same-sex marriage" at an anti-gay-marriage rally last week, decline to oppose the gay marriage bill? Oh: [...]

Straights: Gays Are Looking for You!

According to the Washington Blade, the D.C. Council has urged the Mayor's Office of GLBT Affairs to include "the 'broader community" in "meetings it hosts for gay activists in each of the city's eight wards." Straight people, that means you!
In a Council hearing on Monday, all Council members present agreed that GLBT affairs director Christopher [...]

D.C. Interns Could Get Sex Harassment Protection

Rejoice, Mark Foley's fabled AIM contact list of nubile young pages! As City Paper's very own Loose Lips gloriously aggregated this morning, D.C. Councilperson Mary Cheh is standing up for a main target of sex harassment in D.C. workplaces: Interns. Currently, this hot, unpaid segment of D.C.'s interns are fresh out of luck if their [...]

District Hate Crimes Hearing Slated for Friday

The D.C. Council's Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary—and chair Phil Mendelson—will hold a hearing on Friday to discuss the law enforcement and judicial responses to hate crimes in the District. Gays and Lesbians Opposed to Violence (GLOV) co-chairs Chris Farris and Todd Metrokin, as well as hate crime victim Wes Della Volla and [...]

Man Madness: D.C. Council Vs. Department of Corrections

Yesterday, a commenter on this contest expressed dismay that I did not adequately explain the terms and conditions of the Manliest Workplace in D.C. Tournament. And for that I am sorry. The Manliest Workplace in D.C. Tournament, (known colloquially simply as "Man Madness"), is a project committed to finding the workplace in D.C. that employs [...]