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D.C. march for gay crime victims is tonight

7 p.m.: A crowd of marchers is moving through traffic with a police escort as part of a silent march in the District for victims of anti-gay violence.

D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown (D) and council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1) are among those participating.

Support grew after a recent spate of violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, starting with shooting at a Columbia Heights IHOP on March 11, an incident that left a gay man critically wounded. The man, who spoke to WRC (Channel 4) on the condition that he remain anonymous Monday, said that he felt he was targeted because of his sexuality. That video is after the jump.

The march will begin at 7 p.m. at the restaurant and will head to the area where a gay man was attacked and beaten a day later at Georgia Avenue and Irving Street NW. The march will end at the nightclub Cobalt, at 17th and R streets NW, where money is being raised for the second victim.

A third victim, a transgender woman, was attacked several hours later on March 12 at West Virginia Avenue and Mount Olivet Street NE, but police said there wasn’t enough evidence to classify the incident as a hate crime, according to the Washington Blade.

Graham denounced the crimes to his constituents last week, and Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) also released a statement.

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