DC Office of Human Rights Newsletter | Volume XXXII | June 2021
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June is Pride Month! The DC Office of Human Rights encourages you to take time this month and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. The idea of Pride Month and the gay rights movement comes from the June 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City, as members of the LGBTQ+ community protested against unfair treatment by law enforcement. As a result of that activism and unrest, communities around the globe took notice and formed their own coalitions and movements to fight for equality. Tremendous strides in LGBTQ+ rights have been attained since that time and June is a time used to celebrate both the triumphs, setbacks and road ahead.

Over the years, the District of Columbia's inclusive atmosphere and diversity has presented a safe space for the LGBTQ+ community. Even though things are gradually opening up after the global pandemic, DC Pride will happen virtually. The Capital Pride Alliance has many activities planned for the month and beyond, so be sure to click the link below for a full list of activities.

Despite the advancements in human and civil rights for the LGBTQ+ community, discrimination and bias still exists. It is important to remember that in the District, sexual orientation and gender identity and expression are protected traits under the Human Rights Act. That means if an entity uses that as a basis of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations or in educational institutions, it is unlawful. In order to hold these bad actors accountable, we are calling on the community, allies and organizations to point out injustices and discrimination.

Happy Pride Month!
Guest Director's Note
My name is E. Taylor Doctor and I have the pleasure of serving as the Associate Director for the Mayor's Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Affairs. I am excited to be able to connect residents with city services, advocate on behalf of programs and policies that benefit the LGBTQ community, and organize enriching events that bring the community together.
 
Pride Month in DC continues from Memorial Day weekend through June. Even though I celebrate Pride every day, I know that it is important that the collective use the months of May and June in DC to amplify the voices of the LGBTQ/SGL community and recognize their contributions to the District and the world at large. There are many people in this city that deserve to be honored and celebrated for their activism, courage, tenacity, and heart.
 
Pride Month allows us to tip our hats to the pioneers and trailblazers that have come before us, but also realize and plan for the path ahead, empowering a new group of community leaders; because our work is never done. Hate crimes against the LGBTQ community have been steadily on the rise, according to a recent Metropolitan Police Department report. It is most prudent that we continue to push for equality and equity, especially for the most vulnerable in our community. I also encourage you during this time to reach out to family members and friends who are LGBTQ/SGL; show them your love and support now more than ever! #TogetherWeCan continue ensure that DC remains an inclusive and loving place to live, work, and play; not only for us, but for the generations to follow. Only together we have nearly made it through a global pandemic (get vaccinated!). And only together can we make our city a better place for everyone.
 
Happy Pride Month DC! Stay safe, educate yourself and others and of course, have fun!
E. Taylor Doctor
Associate Director, Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs
Trait of the Month: Sexual Orientation
This protected trait makes it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their sexual orientation, including homosexuality, bisexuality or heterosexualityFor more information or to file a complaint, visit our website; ohr.dc.gov.
The Mayor's Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Affairs will be hosting an exciting event double -header Pride Month #QueerFlix event on Friday, June 25th at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. This Pride Month the featured films are β€œA Drag King Extravaganza” and β€œI Am Divine.”

Join them on the District of Columbia Public Library’s (DCPL) Kanopy App (free to all residents with a library card) and tweet with us live. We also encourage you to participate in celebrating Pride; allies and friends are always welcome!
Rollback of COVID-19 Restrictions Announced
In late May, Mayor Muriel Bowser lifted most restrictions on public and commercial activities, including capacity limits, types of activities and time restrictions. Beginning June 11th, nightclubs and sports and entertainment venues will be able to resume full normal operations. This announcement comes as the District has partially of fully vaccinated 50.8 percent of the eligible population. It is important to note that the best way to protect yourself and loved ones is to get fully vaccinated, but also continue to practice social distancing and mask wearing where required. To learn more about where to get the free COVID-19 vaccination and to find the nearest vaccine site, visit www.vaccinefinder.org. Additionally, revised mask guidance was issued; fully vaccinated individuals only need to wear a mask in places where it is required.
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