Rainbow Response Coalition News

  • Making History with Cultural Competency Rainbow Response Coalition is proud of the collaboration of the DC Council, the LGBTQ community and our allies in passing ground breaking legislation to ensure that all licensed healthcare providers in DC receive cultural competency training on LGBTQ issues:  http://lims.dccouncil.us/Legislation/B21-0168?FromSearchResults=true.  This legislation is the  first of its kind in the nation. We applaud the work of all the agencies, organizations and individuals that worked tirelessly to protect LGBTQ patients and clients and to make sure they receive the highest quality of healthcare.     We feel privileged to live in a city that continues to lead the country in passing inclusive and progressive laws to protect all of its citizens. We hope this type ...
    Posted Mar 26, 2016, 9:42 AM by Rainbow Response Administrator
  • Show Me Love!: A Robust Discussion Promoting Healthy Relationships in the LGBTQ Community On October 22, 2015, Rainbow Response hosted Show Me Love! a dynamic exploration of healthy relationships through expert panelists, poetry and art. The evening featured remarks from D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine  and inspiring performances, including spoken word from Joy Petway, founder of Achieving Joy and the incredible talents ofSongRise, D.C.'s all women social justice acappella group. Attendees also engaged in a rich discussion on healthy relationships, partner violence, and resources available in D.C. lead by Rainbow Response's own Tonya Turner and featuring presenters from NVRDC, the D.C. Office of Human Rights, and Whitman Walker Health. Rainbow Response would like to thank all Karl Racine, the D.C. Office of Human Rights, NVRDC ...
    Posted Feb 5, 2016, 7:18 AM by Rainbow Response Administrator
  • RRC Featured in SWERV Magazine! RRC Featured in SWERV Magazine!Rainbow Response was featured in the January/February 2015 edition of SWERV Magazine, a national publication celebrating the culture and community of African American LGBT people.The article, Love Should Not Hurt, written by RRC board members June Crenshaw and Paul Ashton discusses the importance of recognizing and elevating the dialogue around LGBTQ intimate partner violence. 
    Posted Feb 5, 2016, 7:17 AM by Rainbow Response Administrator
  • Love is Patient, Love is Kind In honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Rainbow Response Board Member Paul Ashton took to his blog to stress the importance of learning about healthy relationships, partner violence and being a resource to LGBTQ youth. To read the blog click here: http://dcsthirdfavoriteotter.blogspot.com/2013/02/love-is-patient-love-is-kind.html 
    Posted Feb 16, 2013, 7:04 AM by Rainbow Response Administrator
  • Rainbow Response in The New York Times Check out RRC's New York Times debut in an article about DC's Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit! Featuring words of support from Chairwoman extraordinaire June Crenshaw and a photo snapped at the RRC November Monthly Meeting! http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/25/us/anti-gay-crime-persists-in-capital-despite-special-police-unit.html?smid=pl-share
    Posted Jan 7, 2013, 5:43 PM by Rainbow Response Administrator
  • Rainbow Response in the classroom! The Board of Directors is excited to announce that the Rainbow Response Coalition will be featured in the soon-to-be released textbook, The Social Dynamics of Family Violence by Angela Hattery and Earl Smith. The Coalition’s advocacy work will be featured in the chapter “Violence in Same-Sex Couple Families.” The textbook is expected to be released in early March.For more information on the textbook visit: http://www.westviewpress.com/HatterySmith/index.php
    Posted Feb 25, 2012, 3:45 PM by Rainbow Response Administrator
  • Shaping minds and changing the future – teaching issues of partner violence Recently Rainbow Response was contacted by a teacher who teaches middle school health and utilizes our resources page when teaching on domestic violence. Ms Gracie Lee and her students suggested we add a resource in which they found helpful in their learning process. http://www.datehookup.com/content-violence-in-dating.htm While this page has limited information, the information it provides describes some of the complications facing victims of partner violence. However, what I find most encouraging about this site is that it is a post from a dating website. Yes, we all know we have been down that road. The advent of internet based technology, the mobile web, and endless phone apps has led to an increasing use ...
    Posted Jul 28, 2011, 9:05 AM by Rainbow Response Administrator
  • Domestic Violence and the Holidays. What do you say? From the blog: Domestic Violence and the Workplace. Original posting December 18, 2009 by Kim Wells. Click here to read the article.
    Posted Nov 23, 2010, 7:43 AM by Thomas Buckley
  • June in Bloom: June Crenshaw's journey to self-acceptance has helped her find ways to guide women still struggling in the closet by Yusef Najafi; MetroWeekly; Published on September 1, 2010 <Original Article>In June Crenshaw's world, every minute matters.The 49-year-old lesbian from Tulsa, Okla., who has been living in the D.C. area since the mid-1980s, has to carve out time from her full-time career as an IT project manager for her various roles in the LGBT community.Beyond the day job, Crenshaw juggles three volunteer positions: serving as chair of Whitman-Walker Clinic's board of directors, as a member of the advisory committee to the Mayor's Office of GLBT Affairs, and as co-chair of theRainbow Response Coalition.She's also a mother.Which helps to explain why more than 15 ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2012, 3:45 PM by Rainbow Response Administrator
  • MPD Training Returns: Member of Rainbow Response says IPV training gives police helpful LGBT insights by Yusef Najafi; MetroWeekly; Published on July 1, 2010 <Original Article>It's not easy to determine who is the primary aggressor in an intimate-partner violence (IPV) situation involving same-gender couples, says Amy Loudermilk.''What we're seeing is that it's much harder for anybody to figure out who is really the aggressor in LGBT cases, where it's not as hard in heterosexual cases,'' says Loudermilk, who serves as co-chair of the Rainbow Response Coalition, which works to quell intimate-partner violence among LGBT people.''We can generally tell if there are big size differences in people. Offensive marks and defensive marks are going to show up differently in people who are of much different ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2012, 3:47 PM by Rainbow Response Administrator
  • Amy Loudermilk: From terror in childhood, to community defender by Yusef Najafi; MetroWeekly; Published April 29, 2010 <Original Article>Next Generation Awards 2010By the time she was 10, Amy Loudermilk knew that phoning her best friend and getting a busy signal meant one thing: danger.''Her parents were involved in a domestic-violence situation,'' Loudermilk says, ''and her father, the abuser, had a habit of unplugging all of the phones whenever something bad was going on.''Loudermilk would keep calling until she got through.One day in the sixth grade when she didn't get through, the Gaithersburg resident made the 10-minute walk to her friend's house to help.''I walked in the house," Loudermilk recalls. "It was during the afternoon. All of the lights were ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2012, 3:47 PM by Rainbow Response Administrator
  • New GLLU officers welcomed at reception by Lou Chibbaro Jr; Washington Blade; Published on April 1, 2010 <Original Article> More than one dozen recently designated affiliate members of the D.C. police’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit were formally introduced March 25 during a reception at the D.C. Center. Close to two dozen GLLU affiliate officers, who work out of the department’s seven police districts throughout the city, are part of Police Chief Cathy Lanier’s plan to expand and decentralize the unit. “This is just the beginning,” said Assistant D.C. Police Chief Diane Groomes. “Chief Lanier would say this is a work in progress.” Groomes said more officers have expressed an interest in joining the GLLU than any of the other special ...
    Posted Sep 14, 2010, 6:59 PM by Thomas Buckley
  • GLLU meet and greet by Michael Key; Washington Blade; Published on March 26, 2010 <Original Article>Officers representing the D.C. police’s Gay & Lesbian Liaison Unit met with community members Thursday at the D.C. Center. Officers introduced themselves and representatives of Gays & Lesbians Opposing Violence and Rainbow Response talked about the need to work more closely together with the unit and other D.C. police officers. Singer and songwriter Tom Goss performed during the event.
    Posted Sep 14, 2010, 6:57 PM by Thomas Buckley
  • Criticism Continues: Lack of input leaves LGBT activists feeling like "an afterthought" in police liaison unit training by Yusef Najafi; MetroWeekly; Published on December 2, 2009 <Original Article>Chris Farris of Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV) feels like an afterthought.He was given only three days to prepare to speak at a training seminar for a group of about 60 Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) officers training in services offered for the MPD’s Special Liaison Units (SLU), which includes the city’s Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU).“Community members want to be involved, but we don’t want to be an afterthought,” Farris says. “Here, we were definitely an afterthought.”It was about a month ago when Farris and other community members attempted to help prepare the curriculum for the training by offering input and ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2012, 3:48 PM by Rainbow Response Administrator
  • Open-House Anger: LGBT community challenges MPD's plans for GLLY for starters by Will O'Bryan; MetroWeekly; Published on November 17, 2009 <Original Article>Despite the lure of an unseasonably temperate evening, about 60 people chose to remain indoors to hear what Assistant Chief Diane Groomes of the Metropolitan Police Department might have to say to the LGBT community -- and to present their own concerns to her.After moderator Christopher Dyer, director of the Mayor's Office of GLBT Affairs, welcomed the crowd, Groomes offered some details of a training to be given at the end of the month to orient a handful of officers with the MPD special liaison units – the Gay and Lesbian Liaison Unit (GLLU) among them. Longtime local activist Peter Rosenstein's comments immediately afterward did not set ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2012, 3:48 PM by Rainbow Response Administrator
  • Be Safe: Self-defense class for GLBT community lands at Be Bar by Yusef Najafi; MetroWeekly; Published on April 2, 2009 <Original Article>''Take your hand off of me!'' Farah Fosse yelled as Lauren Taylor's advances made a scene last Wednesday night at BeBar. The confrontation turned the heads of some patrons inside the bar, unaware of what was really happening. But it didn't generate an alarming response from the group of about 30 people -- mostly women -- who had gathered at Be Bar for the March 25 ''queer self-defense class.''Taylor, a lesbian activist who has been involved in violence-against-women issues in Washington for more than three decades, was the instructor of the class, and Fosse was one of her assistants.''I've never taught a class ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2012, 3:49 PM by Rainbow Response Administrator
  • Survey for Safety: Rainbow Response releases data in effort against partner violence by Will O'Bryan; MetroWeekly; Published on February 12, 2009 <Original Article>Washington is home to the mother lode of public and nonprofit entities that digest data, move society forward, and dole out funding for an infinite number of aims. The people who move in this realm know how to speak this language of grant proposals, data points and demographics. The people behind Rainbow Response, the local coalition formed to address intimate-partner violence (IPV) in the GLBT community, obviously fluent in this arena, have just released survey findings to help raise awareness around the issue, one the gay community is reluctant to shout about at pride festivals.''There's no official data being kept on IPV among the gay ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2012, 3:49 PM by Rainbow Response Administrator
  • Protecting Peers: Rainbow Response meeting guides response to domestic violence by Will O'Bryan; MetroWeekly; Published on April 10, 2008 <Original Article>About 80 members of the metro D.C. GLBT community and allies gathered Tuesday night to continue strategizing against one of the community's stealthier enemies: same-sex, intimate-partner violence. This collective bane, experts agreed, can hide among GLBT people because they are its victims, perpetrators and enablers. Tuesday's town-hall meeting, called by Rainbow Response, was a local step in shaking up that status quo.The Black Lesbian Support Group (BLSG) of Whitman-Walker Clinic's Lesbian Services Program put it succinctly: ''Be silent no more.'' That was the ongoing call of a series of skits nine members of the group presented to better illustrate ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2012, 3:50 PM by Rainbow Response Administrator
  • Out in the Open: Taking on domestic violence in the gay community By Yusef Najafi; MetroWeekly; Published on April 3, 2008 <Original Article>A lack of resources inspired Bruce Weiss, former executive director of the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), to join forces last summer with a small group of local advocates to launch the Rainbow Response Coalition to address ''intimate partner violence in the LGBTQ community.''Committed to ''breaking the silence around the prevalence of partner violence,'' Rainbow Response has since developed into a coalition of organizations and individuals that meets monthly. The group presents its first large public event -- a town hall meeting to discuss intimate partner abuse among GLBT people -- from 7 to 8:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 8, at the Human Rights Campaign's headquarters ...
    Posted Feb 25, 2012, 3:50 PM by Rainbow Response Administrator
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