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.”