DC Center for the LGBT Community

1,091 supporters

Founded in 2002, The Center’s mission is to celebrate, strengthen, and support community among the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) residents and organizations of Metropolitan Washington, DC. The Center, a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization, achieves its mission by producing community programs and services, by serving as an information clearinghouse for the LGBT community, and by providing “drop-in” computer and meeting room services. The DC Center is located at 1318 U Street NW, Washington DC, 20009.

Started 2 petitions

Petitioning DC Council

DC Council: Fund Programs and Services for LGBT Older Adults

In 2013, many LGBT individuals and organizations donated their time and energy to participate in LGBT focus groups to help the DC Department of Aging develop their Age Friendly City Plan.  We were hopeful when our input was solicited.  We were even more hopeful when LGBT older adults were mentioned by name in this plan.  Unfortunately, despite being part of the plan, since the launch of the Age Friendly City plan, little has been done to meet the unique needs of older LGBT Adults in the District.   It is disappointing that no reliable city-wide data exists on the needs of older LGBT adults in the District of Columbia, but we know from our experience that these needs are very real. LGBT older adults in this generation are less likely to have a spouse or partner to assist them in their older years.  They are also less likely to have children who can assist in their care.   Many experience isolation and loneliness, and of course many older gay and bisexual men and older transgender individuals living with HIV face unique challenges as long  term survivors of the epidemic. Older LGBT adults in the District of Columbia are deprived of the programs and services that are commonplace in other large cities in the United States such as Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and New York City.  These programs and services specifically designed for LGBT older adults include congregant meal programs, housing, case management, and social networking opportunities.  In these cities funding for LGBT focused programs happens through the Department of Aging.  Unfortunately no such funding exists for older LGBT Older Adults in the District of Columbia We ask the District of Columbia to address this need.  Please call on the Department of Aging to support LGBT older adults and take seriously the issues we raised in 2013.   We also believe that this work cannot happen without funding.  We request $250,000 be allocated to the Mayor's Office of LGBTQ Affairs to fund local community organizations serving the needs of older LGBT Adults through a competitive grant process.  

DC Center for the LGBT Community
228 supporters
Petitioning Chairperson Phil Mendelson

Create 20 Safe Beds for Homeless LGBT Youth

Our nation's capital possesses a strong and vibrant LGBT community, which has come together time and time again to work for our rights and well-being. However, some of the most vulnerable members of our community face violence, sexual assault, and harrassment in our own shelters every day because of who they are. A study by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force showed that up to 40% of homeless teenagers nationwide are LGBT, and the District of Columbia is failing to protect them. There are currently only eight beds in the District that are meant for LGBT young people, at the Wanda Alston House, which has a wait-list of 20 homeless youth. “For us to have one house with eight beds is putting a Band-Aid on a gunshot wound,” said director Brian Watson in a recent Metro Weekly article. “We tell them you can be independent and to accept who you are, and there is that chance their parents may put them out. We're not providing a lot of places for LGBT youth to go.” The District itself provides no LGBT-specific beds, and LGBT teens in District shelters suffer from abuse and harassment. Many young people choose to sleep on the street rather than face a night in a shelter. Join us in asking the District of Columbia to provide 20 beds that are safe for LGBT teens.

DC Center for the LGBT Community
863 supporters