The Washington, D.C. GLBT Anti-Violence Task Force, or GLOV (Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence), has issued an action alert on the continued rash of anti-gay violence in the nation’s capital.

From HRC Back Story:

Today Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), a program of The DC Center, sent a letter to Mayor Adrian Fenty to request an urgent meeting in response to rising incidents of violence against LGBT people in the area, including the heartbreaking murder of Durval Martins this week. Here is the text of the letter in its entirety:

Continue reading this post…


D.C. is cold, and other capital gayness

I think I liked the 55 degree temperature in Charlotte last week. While I’m freezing my little white butt off in our nation’s capital I’m getting the chance to meet so, so many people face-to-face, who I previously knew only through written text or pictures online.

The National LGBT Bloggers Initiative has brought together folks from almost every corner of the nation, and, yeah, the world, too. Andy from UK Gay News is here; it was great to see him again after meeting him at SC Pride in Columbia. There’s even a blogger from Montreal.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund is hosting all our sessions today and on Sunday.

A bit of sad news… the night before I got to D.C., there was another possible anti-gay hate crime here. I asked InterstateQ reader Juanito during lunch yesterday why the LGBT community here isn’t outraged and pushing the City Council and Police Department to do something. He agrees that there’s way too much apathy.

Lunch today is with the Victory Fund’s International Leadership Summit. Pam Spaulding will moderate a panel (and I think Barney Frank is speaking?). North Carolina’s John Arrowood and Mark Kleinschmidt are at the Victory Fund; can’t wait to catch up with them today.

I’ll try to get photos from my camera and more info later. Until then, stay tuned to TwitterQ.


Off to D.C., and the LGBT blogger conference

Hey all… Posts on InterstateQ will be coming shortly… there will be plenty to say once I get into the thick of this weekend’s 2008 national LGBT Blogger and Citizen Journalist Initiative conference in Washington, D.C.

By the time this post is automatically posted, I’ll (hopefully) be on my airplane headed to D.C. Regular posts might be sparse while I’m traveling, but expect plenty of info through the great and mighty Twitter. Check in here at and look at the TwitterQ sidebar or click over to

Here’s to hoping for safe travels!

Oh… and if you’re in D.C., shoot me an email (matt ‘at’ interstateq ‘dot’ com). I’m already planning on meeting one of InterstateQ’s regular readers. Join us!