D.C. Working to Improve Outreach to LGBT Community

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — All weekend long, Capital Pride 2013 has been celebrating the LGBT community in the nation’s capital, but it’s that last letter — ‘T’ for transgender — that remains the greatest challenge for outreach in D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray says.

In his weekly Sunday radio address heard exclusively on All-News 99.1 WNEW, Gray outlined some of the recent progress for the District’s LGBT community. He touted the training given to nearly all city employees regarding LGBT issues and mentioned efforts to curb bullying in D.C. schools.

“I think it’s such a wonderful opportunity to make a statement about justice and equality,” Gray said of the city’s efforts to work with its LGBT community. “I’m proud to live in a jurisdiction that has this kind of commitment to fairness and equality.”

But he also acknowledged there’s still work to be done.

“People of transgender still face enormous discrimination,” Gray said, adding that finding work can be a difficult proposition.

Instead of just training current employees about LGBT issues, Gray said, the District is going the other way and helping members of the LGBT community prepare for employment.

“We’ve opened up more training opportunities to train people who are transgender for jobs,” Gray said.

The mayor also is pleased that a bill named in honor of slain transgender woman JaParker Deoni Jones passed committee this week. It would remove barriers in getting a name and gender change on birth certificates.

Listen to Gray’s weekly radio address in its entirety:

The mayor’s weekly radio address can be heard at 10:05 a.m. every Sunday exclusively on All-News 99.1 WNEW and streamed online.

WNEW’s Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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