D.C. Launches First Gov Funded Trans Anti-Discrimination Campaign


By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly

According to a Washington Blade exclusive, the D.C. Office of Human Rights has created the first anti-discrimination campaign for trans and genderqueer folks to receive public funding.

In a statement, OHR Director Gustavo Velasquez to the Blade that LGBT organizations alerted them to the groundbreaking nature of the campaign:

“LGBT organizations are telling us this is the first government-sponsored campaign in the nation to focus solely on transgender and gender non-conforming people, and the Office of Human Rights is incredibly proud of that,”… “To ensure we take full-advantage of the opportunity, we identified three primary goals for the campaign: increase understanding of transgender and gender non-conforming people, reduce discriminatory incidents in the District and increase the number of community members who report discrimination. The courageous and bright D.C.-based participants appearing in the ads and the powerful accompanying messages can make this happen, although we know much more work needs to be done to eradicate discrimination towards this community.”

The Blade says the ad campaign will emphasize respect while reminding folks of the city’s non-discrimination ordinance. It will also encourage people to report discrimination to OHR.
Looking for a way to celebrate? Basic Rights Oregon is having an all-ages dance party Wednesday to raise funds for BRO’s Trans Justice Program and the ID Project at Outside In. Benefits for Friends features DJs Chicklit and Tab Dansby and a photobooth by Nik Rapier. Starts at 9 p.m. at Holocene, $5-8 sliding scale, wheelchair accessible with gender neutral bathrooms.