Gender/Sexuality/Identity

Metro gets an earful on bad service, high fares, and revenue-based policing at board meeting

On Jan 31, Save Our System, No Justice No Pride, Black Youth Project 100, and others packed Metro's board meeting. Speakers charge Metro is trying to "solve their problems on the backs of the riding public, and trying to fund themselves by soaking poor residents while developers ride for free with huge projects made possible by Metro.

NJNP Steering committee member Latinxrex speaks on limited Metro service forcing some to trade sex for housing close to jobs

Photo by Save Our System

Capitol Pride agrees to restructure, boots board member who called NJNP "terrorists"

Protest WORKS: on Jan 24, under pressure from No Justice No Pride, the Capitol Pride board announced "substantial changes" in its leadership, including the removal of a board member who slandered No Justice No Pride as "terrorists." In addition, Capitol Pride has agreed to impose "sponsorship guidelines" that hopefully will mean the end of such sponsors as Wells Fargo.

No Justice No Pride blocks Wells Fargo in 2017 Pride Parade (photo by Dylan Comstock)

Women's March 2018 Video

Video from the 2nd Women's March, on the first anniversary of the inauguration of Donald Trump, January 20, 2018.

J2018 protests hit the streets on anniversary of Trump's Inauguration

Jan 20, 2018, much of the Federal government's non-cooercive portions shut down on the anniversary of Trump's Inauguration. ICE, the FBI, and the military are not included in the shutdown. Meanwhile, protesters hit the streets all over DC. There was a satirical vigil for a broken window at the same Starbucks that got trashed on J20-2017, another Women's March, and a culminating banner drop between the flagpoles in front of Union Station.

Video of the satirical vigil for the broken Starbucks window

Video of the Union Station banner drop

Banner drop at Union Station

Mass arrests, proposed formal GLBTQ criminalization in Egypt draw emergency protest

On the 8th of November, protesters from Amnesty International, Human Rights First, Human Rights Campaign(HRC) and the local Egyptian community showed up at the Egyptian Cultural & Educational Bureau to condemn a proposed law to impose prison terms of up to 5 years for almost any kind of GLBTQ social activities, activism, or publicity.

Video from the protest at the Egyptian Cultural and Educational Bureau

Protesters in front of the Egyptian Cultural & Educational Bureau

High Heel Race participants lampoon Trump

On October 24, the 30th running of the annual pre-Halloween High Heel Race took over 17th st. Several participants lampooned Donald Trump, two of them about the paper towels he tossed in Puerto Rico as though a roll of paper towels could wipe up Hurricane Maria's mess.

Video showing multiple participants mocking Trump

FEMA riding on Donald Trump with a roll of paper towels

No More Stolen Sisters vigil for missing and murdered Indigenous women held at Farragut Sq

On the 7th of September, Rising Hearts held the No More Stolen Sisters vigil at Faragut Square. The vigil protested the ongoing rapes, murders, and disappearances of Indigneous women near the "man camps" that house workers in North Dakota's oil fracking industry, in the cities of Occupied Canada, and elsewhere. This event was hosted by the ongoing vigil against white supremacy at Farragut Square.

Video-a speaker gives details on the situation followed by the round dance(1:50)

Planned Parenthood protests Trumpcare near US Capitol as total ACA repeal fails

On the 26th of June, Planned Parenthood held a protest against "Trumpcare" with hundreds of supporters, many dressed in Pink at Upper Senate Park. Speakers noted that once again, all of the proposed bills boot millions off insurance, bring back pre-existing conditions exclusions-and all defend Planned Parenthood. They also pointed out that all this is to fund tax cuts for the rich.

Speakers explain the importance of Planned Parenthood's services-and what's wrong with these bills

No Justice No Pride marches for Transgender Liberation

On the 13th of July, No Justice No Pride returned to the streets of DC. With attacks on transgender women soaring and two violent assaults recently, the cops seem more interested in singling out people of color for unpaid bus fare. In addition they are still hassling transgender sex workers as though Stonewall never happened. In the face of these outrages, No Justice No Pride is saying enough is enough.

Video of the march and some of the speakers

No Justice No Pride marches to Indiana Ave on Penn Ave

WERK for peace marches on Sen McConnell's home against "Trumpcare" health bill

Update June 27: GOP puts off vote until after July 4 recess after 6 GOP Senators say they will vote no, which would scuttle the bill.

On the 26th of June, the mostly GLBTQ group WERK for peace staged a dance party style march on the home of Sen majority leader Mitch McConnell. Upon arrival they threw heaps of biodegradeable confetti into the air while shutting down the entire block. WERK for Peace is demanding that Sen McConnell block Trump's healthcare bill, which would gut Medicaid and boot an estimated 22 million people off of health insurance.

Scenes from the march and at Mitch McConnell's house

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