The mission of Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) is to work to reduce violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, and those perceived as LGBT, in the District of Columbia through community outreach, education, and monitoring of cases to ensure the rights and dignity of LGBT victims are respected and protected. GLOV also seeks to assist victims of anti-LGBT violence by advocating on their behalf, encouraging reporting, and providing a community of support. Click here for more information.
Community Alert – June 19, 2014
GLOV has recently learned of a pattern of robberies along the Eastern Avenue corridor and side streets in a message sent directly to GLOV and other community groups by MPD Chief Cathy Lanier. The incidents, usually occurring between 2:00 AM and 6:00 AM, were robberies of transgender women where the victim was approached by one or more subjects who demanded their purse. In some cases guns were displayed or verbal threats were used. According to police reports, the robberies do not appear to be related and descriptions of the subjects are not the same.
GLOV encourages our community members to stay safe. If you witness or experience violence, call 911. You can also request an officer from the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU) on the scene. Their direct line is (202) 506-0714. These officers are trained and competent to the LGBT community’s needs. If you do not feel comfortable reporting to the police or need immediate support, you can call the LGBTQ Violence Response Hotline at (202) 888-7222 or email email@example.com.
If any member of the community has information related to these robberies, MPD is requesting you contact them at (202) 727-9099. Additionally anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by test messaging 50411.