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Statement from Mayor Bowser on Recent Violence Against Members of the LGBTQ Community

Friday, June 21, 2019

(Washington, DC) – Today, as members of the DC community come together at a Vigil Against the Violence, Mayor Bowser released the following statement of support:

“Washington, DC is a city of love, inclusivity, and diversity. As a community, we are proud to be guided and defined by those values, and when those values are attacked – when members of the LGBTQ community are harassed, hurt, or targeted in violent crimes in or near DC – it should cause every single member of our community to pause and reflect on how we can do better. We will never be a city that allows forces of ignorance and hate to divide us. Especially during Pride month, we are reminded that the LGBTQ rights movement found its strength in community. Today and every day, we must stand together in rejecting bigotry, in doing more to support and protect trans women of color, and in looking out for our LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations. Together, we must stand united in love.”

Residents who have been a victim of a crime can access support by calling DC’s Victim Helpline 24/7 at (844) 4HELP DC / (844) 443-5732.