As LGBT rights advance, House Republicans shift focus, take aim at immigrants
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
As President Obama prepares an anticipated executive order on immigration, some see a noteworthy shift in GOP focus away from attacking LGBT rights in favor of targeting the immigrant community.
The ﬁnal act of the U.S. House of Representatives
before adjourning for August recess was passing a bill
aimed at addressing the inﬂux of Central American child
refugees seeking relief at the Texas border.But instead of passing an emergency $3.7 billion in supplemental funding requested by the White House to enhance capacity for detainment, the chamber passed by a 223-189 vote a much lower $694 million put
together by conservatives like Reps. Steve King (R-Iowa) and Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) for a diﬀerent purpose.The legislation would adjust anti-traﬃ cking laws so
the child refugees can be sent home quickly and without deportation hearings. Additionally, it would terminate
the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA
program, which enables deferred action on deportation
D.C., Baltimore rattled by attacks,
as two killings remain unsolved
By MICHAEL K. LAVERS & LOU CHIBBARO JR.
The LGBT community in Baltimore and Washington is reeling after a string of violent attacks on trans women this summer, including two murders that remain unsolved. A memorial service for two transgender women of color who were murdered in Baltimore will take place on
Saturday.The Spiritual Empowerment Center (2129 N. Charles St.) will host the service in honor of Mia Henderson and Kandy Hall that will take place on Aug. 16 from 1-4 p.m.
The body of Mia Henderson, whose brother is Los
Angeles Clippers shooting guard Reggie Bullock, was found
near Lake Ashburton on July 16. Authorities six weeks
earlier discovered Kandy Hall dead in a ﬁeld in Baltimore’s Coldstream-Homestead-Montebello neighborhood.
LGBT advocates with whom the Washington Blade has
spoken in recent weeks say Henderson and Hall’s deaths have left the city’s trans residents on edge.“The deaths of Mia and Kandy remind us that despite
making tremendous strides for LGBT equality, there is still work to do to ensure that our community is safe and
free from violence,” said Equality Maryland Executive Director Carrie Evans.Court records indicate both Henderson and Hall were
arrested for prostitution in Baltimore over the last decade.A spokesperson for the Baltimore Police Department
has not returned the Blade’s repeated requests for
comment on the status of the investigation into the murders and a possible motive.
Jacqui Robarge, executive director of Power Inside,
a Baltimore-based organization that works with sex workers and other vulnerable populations, told the Blade on Tuesday she feels the police have not adequately
responded to the concerns of the city’s LGBT residents.She said many of her group’s clients share the same
concern.“They are concerned that these murders are not being
prioritized,” Robarge told the Blade. “It’s certainly harder
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is charged with assault with a dangerous weapon in connection with the stabbing of a trans teen aboard a Metro train last month.
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As President Obama prepares an anticipated executive order on immigration, some see a shift in GOP focus away from attacking LGBT rights in favor of targeting the immigrant community.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY