GLBT Community Holds Silent March Against Hate Crimes

WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Hundreds of members from the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community held a silent march to demonstrate against anti-gay hate crimes in the District on Tuesday night.

Joined by Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier and councilmembers Jim Graham, Kwame Brown and Muriel Bowser, the group gathered outside of a Columbia Heights IHOP where a gay man was recently shot.

The suspects in that shooting have not yet been apprehended.

On March 12, one day after the IHOP shooting, two additional assaults occurred. A gay man was mugged and a transgender woman was beaten unconscious later that night.

Members of the GLBT community planned to march silently to at least one of those locations as well.

“A crime against one is a crime against all,” one of the demonstrators said.

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