Activists held a vigil Friday night for victims of violence in the DC LGBT community.
The vigil was prompted by the recent murders of two transgender women – Zoe Spears and Ashanti Carmon – as well as multiple other violent assaults, as reported by Washington Blade.
Spears and Carmon reportedly knew eachother but were killed in seemingly unrelated incidents.
The other elected official who spoke was Randy Downs @RandyDaleDowns, the DC Neighborhood Commissioner.
Downs expressed frustration at politicians who participate at events like pride but then don’t support political policies he says would actually help the LGBT community. pic.twitter.com/gSmqSek7nC
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) June 22, 2019
Photos by Alejandro Alvarez:
Speakers included (quoted directly from the group’s program):
“Opening Prayers from:
Bishop Allyson Abrams, Empowerment Liberation Cathedral
Rev. Elder Dyan Akosua, Unity Fellowship Church of DC
Performance from the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC
Voices of Survivors:
Charmaine Eccles, Casa Ruby
Calls to Action:
Rick Rosendall, Gay and Lesbian Activist Alliance
Ashley Smith, Human Rights Campaign and Capital Pride
Christopher Massicotte, Victory Fund
Randy and Monika, DC Rainbow Caucus
Earline Budd, HIPS DC
Ruby Corado, Casa Ruby
Alex Dyer, St. Thomas’ Parish Episcopal Church”