Starting a little after 7PM on the 20th of March, a crowd that appeared
to be in excess of 1,000 people marched in DC against the recent string
of beatings, "robberies" and outright murders of Gay and especially
Trans people in DC.
The Washington Post is reporting the march as 600 people, but that
estimate looked to me like another lowball estimate from them. A march
of 10 columns of 60 people each would be much shorter than the March
20th event and about as wide. This march occupied at least oe full block
at a time of Irving street, all the way across.
The march proceeded East on Irving Street, scene of some of the crimes,
one of which left a Gay man in the hospital with a broken jaw after an
assault that lasted over three blocks of pursuit, according to a
speaker. Present in the march was the mother of a Trans woman who was
murdered on East Capitol Street. These murders of Trans folks seem to
attract far less attention from the police than things like shoplifting
at Neiman-Marcus does.
At the intersection of Ga Ave and Irving street, a "Radical Queer"
contingent including some people who work with Occupy set up an shrine
with candles and posters of one of the Trans women who was murdered.
Similar shrines may have been left at other intersections according to a
poster on Twitter, I can only confirm the one I saw at Ga Ave and
At this point, police started pushing some of the radical Queer folks,
trying to prevent them from gaining control of the northbound lanes of
Ga Ave. There was some unnecessary roughness, the police would have
shown more respect if it was the conduct of some of their own at a
memorial for a fallen officer in questions!
As the march proceeded down Ga Ave towards U st, the police aggression
seemed to die out, and the march finally passed west on U st. A left
turn took the march south on 14th st-past the Black Cat where at large
candidates for council were having a candidates forum. They were
challenged to come out and show some respect for the fallen, but not one
of them did. Finally the march turned west again on R st, finishing up
at 17th and R street.
Author's warning: To any viewers who support beatings, robberies, and murders against Gay, Lesbian, Bi, or Transgender folks: Some of us don't carry cell phones for defense, some of us don't dial 9-11, some of us shoot back!
In: Other News
Tags: DC, hate crimes, transgender, GLBT, gaybashers
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States (load item map)
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