Activists Demand More Support in D.C. - NBC4 Washington

Activists Demand More Support in D.C.



    (Published Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012)

    D.C.’s transgender community is demanding to be heard and respected in the wake of a string of recent violent crimes.

    A group of transgender activists picketed in the District Thursday, calling for more action to fight violence against transgender people and to provide better housing and health care opportunities. Outside the Wilson Building, the small group of protesters marched and chanted in support of more community support and recognition of transgender people.

    “Increasing amounts of violence and funding cuts and lack of service for those hardest hit … the term invisibility comes to mind,” said Larry Bryant, of Housing Works.

    “We feel anytime that we can get these issues out into the public even if people don’t quite engage but they see it, that is one more step to breaking down stigma,” said Christine Rodriguez, of Housing Works.

    While many people hurried by in the heat, others stopped to experience the protest and offer support.

    Ward 2 Council member Jack Evans greeted the group. He said the city has done more to help, but could do even more than that.

    “It is serious,” he said. “Any group in our city who feels that they’re not getting health care or they’re not getting the police protection they need to be taken seriously, and I’ll do all I can to be helpful.”

    The activists say they'll continue to raise awareness both in Washington and its nearby suburbs.