I had the pleasure of meeting longtime Washington DC trans activist Ruby Corado last year while I was up there for Out On The Hill and was thrilled to hear about the recent opening of Casa Ruby in Northwest DC
Its mission is to serve as a safe haven for the local Washington transgender community from violence and serve the Latino community.
But I was not happy to hear that Casa Ruby recently received a death threat that is being investigated by the DC Metro Police.
Corado explained in a WAMU-FM radio interview why she doesn’t take these threats lightly:
” I have
been to dozens of funerals throughout this city and I have also been
hundreds of times to the hospitals to aid people who have been victims
of a violent crime or death for being who they are.”
Casa Ruby has continued to serve as a safe
haven for the Washington DC transgender community despite the threat. It is playing host to Latino delegations attending the 2012 International AIDS Conference that started on July 22 and ends today
It is my hope that the waste of transphobic DNA who called that threat in to Casa Ruby is expeditiously caught by MPD and swiftly brought to justice. I’m also looking forward to visiting Casa Ruby the next time I’n in the Washington DC metro area.