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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 15, 2011

MEDIA CONTACTS: Miguel Tuason, glaastuasmig@gmail.com, 571-218-7505 Alison Gardner, alison@venusplusx.org, 202-290-7077

**MEDIA ADVISORY** Coalition of LGBT Organizations Delivers Demands to District Officials on Transgender Day of Action, November 17 WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Nov. 17 at 1 p.m., a broad coalition of organizations and concerned Washington, D.C. residents will be hand-delivering written goals, demands and deadlines aimed at stemming the escalation of violent crimes against transgender people in the nation’s capital. Starting with Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Chief Cathy Lanier and U.S. District Attorney for Washington, D.C. (DA USAO) Ron Machen, who oversees the city’s federally-administered justice system, the activists will continue to meet with city leaders, including Mayor Vincent Gray and all 13 City D.C. Councilmembers until answers are given.

WHAT: Transgender Day of Action WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, starting at 1 p.m. WHERE: MPD Headquarters (300 Indiana Avenue NW) to the US Attorney’s Office (555 4th Street NW) and City Hall (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue) in Washington, D.C. WHY: The trans community and allies throughout the city come together to demand change by delivering a set of written demands with date-certain expectations and consequences CONNECTED WITH: Transgender Day of Remembrance at Metropolitan Community Church on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 5 p.m. (474 Ridge Street NW) Grim media reports trumpet the District’s rise in violent crime against trans people, including two murders this summer -- LaShai McClean, 23, on July 20 and Gaurav Gopalan, 35, on September 10. While experts contend that crimes against trans people are generally underreported or misreported by the police, MPD’s clearance rate for assaults and murders involving trans victims is just a quarter of the average rate, 20% versus 80% of crimes solved, respectively, according to Police Chief Lanier.

Late August brought together a dozen community organizations in a coalition called DC TLGB Police Watch, all determined to bring immediate, systemic and sustainable change to the District. TLGB, rather than LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Trans people), signals its primary focus on trans issues. These activists intend to continue bringing public pressure on elected and appointed officials to seriously address this crisis that, sadly, includes anti-trans violence and unconstitutional profiling by MPD officers. DC TLGB Police Watch includes the local organizers of the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, this year scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Metropolitan Community Church. Each year, the trans community and its allies solemnly gather to honor murder victims and their families. The Transgender Day of Action was conceived to also honor these victims by bringing advocacy to the streets and sidewalks. The still-expanding coalition consists of local and national organizations, including DC Trans Coalition (DCTC), Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive (HIPS), Gay & Lesbian Activists Alliance (GLAA), GetEQUAL DC, Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, International Socialist Organization (ISO), Cedar Lane UU Church LGBT Task Force, VenusPlusX, Rainbow Response, Transgender Health Empowerment, and Gender Rights Maryland. View the group’s goals and demands, download the color poster, listen to the TransFM interview with Alison Gardner and Ruby Corado regarding the Day of Action, and read more at Facebook/Transgender Day of Action or TLGBpolicewatch.tumblr.com.

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