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.
Transgender Day of Remembrance, Metropolitan Community Church, 11/20, 6:00 PM
GLOV Monthly Meeting, The DC Center, 11/22, 11:00 AM
Know Your Rights Presentation, The DC Center, 12/11, 7:00 PM
GLOV Guardian Awards/Holiday Party 2014, Diego, 12/16, 6:30 PM
GLOV mourns the death Van Teasley
It is with sadness that I share with you that a member of the GLOV family, Van Teasley, was found slain in his vacation apartment in the Dominican Republic on Friday. Rather than detail the circumstances of his death, which you can find online, I’m going to try to honor him by focusing on this contributions to GLOV and DC’s LGBT community.
In 2008, Van, a longtime Washington defense attorney, helped coordinate a candlelight vigil for Tony Randolph Hunter, a hate crime victim who eventually died from injuries suffered during his attack. Many of you may remember that the case sparked outrage in DC’s LGBT community because of how the case was investigated by the police and how it was handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office. The assailant was eventually offered a chance to plead guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge, for which he served the maximum sentence of six months in jail. During this time Van also joined GLOV leadership in testifying before the City Council at a Judiciary Public Hearing on Hate Crimes, articulating how such crimes and how they are often mishandled have long-lasting impacts on our community. (Click here to view Van’s testimony)
In full disclosure, I never met Van. But as I research him and his work with GLOV, it’s clear to me that his contributions continue to be the blueprint for which we advocate for DC’s vulnerable citizens. I understand he was much loved by many and won’t be soon forgotten. He will forever hold an important place in GLOV’s history. Please keep him and his loved ones in your thoughts during this very difficult time.
If you knew Van and would like to share stories about him, I invite you to do so on GLOV’s Facebook page.
Paul Tupper, GLOV Chair
November 3, 2014