By LOU CHIBBARO JR. & KEVIN NAFF
A rally to draw attention to anti-transgender violenceturned surprisingly upbeat and almost jubilant onMonday night at a Maryland McDonald’s restaurantwhere Chrissy Lee Polis was beaten last week.A crowd of about 300 spectators sang “We ShallOvercome,” as politicians and activists denounced thebeating that captured national media attention after itwas recorded by a restaurant employee and posted to YouTube.The video shows two teenage women punching andkicking Polis in the head and body as she curled upon the restaurant ﬂoor. It has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.“The turnout tonight is wonderful, I’m so happy,”said Renee Carr, Polis’s mother, who attended the rallywith family and neighbors, but without her daughter.“I didn’t think that McDonald’s was a dangerous place,all she wanted to do was eat and use the bathroom.”In an interview with the Blade after the rally, Carr saidshe has always known her daughter was transgenderand that she has supported her “100 percent.”“I even carried her pocketbook on the way to thebus stop as a kid,” Carr said, adding that Polis is doingbetter but was unable to attend. Others at the rally saidPolis was afraid to leave her house.“I want to thank everyone personally who cametonight,” said Kathleen Hand, Polis’s grandmother,who also attended the rally, which was held in theMcDonald’s parking lot in Rosedale, Md., where thebeating took place. “Chrissy is doing great.”Several politicians in the crowd expressed surpriseand gratitude for the strong turnout.“This is truly an LGBT moment,” said Mary Washington,a lesbian member of Maryland’s House of Delegates from
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OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
Hundreds rally to support trans womanAttacks on DOMAlawyer ‘misplaced’
Obama, Holder support right of Congress to defend anti-gay law
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
President Obama shares the view expressed earlier this week by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder that attackson the private attorney who volunteered to litigate on behalf of the Defense of Marriage Act are “misplaced,”according to the White House.Under questioning from the Washington Blade, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said during an off-camera press gaggle Wednesday that statements from Holder, who earlier this week rebuffed those who wouldvilify former U.S. solicitor general Paul Clement for taking up defense of DOMA, reﬂected Obama’s position.“We do share Eric Holder’s views on this,” Carney said. “We think — as we said from the beginning when we talkedabout — when I did from this podium — about the decision no longer from the administration to defend the Defenseof Marriage Act, that we would support efforts by Congress if they so chose to defend it. And so I have nothing to
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Pride season kicks off this weekend with the15th annual Youth Pride,which returns to Dupont Circle.
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CHRISSY LEE POLIS
, seen here in a screenshotfrom a video interview with the BaltimoreSun, was attacked after attempting to use thewomen’s restroom at a Maryland McDonald’s.
Polis ‘doing great’after attack in Md.McDonald’s; suspectcould face 10 yearsin prison