Thursday, October 6, 2011

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DOES’ Project Empowerment to Graduate Its First Transgender Class


(Washington, DC) – Twenty-nine (29) transgender District residents will graduate from the Department of Employment Services (DOES) Project Empowerment Program in a ceremony on Friday, October 7, at 12 pm. The District of Columbia government is the only local, county, or state jurisdiction in the nation to provide job training and other employment, related services specifically geared toward the transgender community.


“We are extremely pleased to graduate our first transgender class in the Project Empowerment Program,“ said DOES Director Lisa M. Mallory. “This graduating class represents Mayor Gray’s unwavering commitment to the LGBT community, his efforts to expand cultural diversity training throughout District government, and, more specifically, his pledge to help decrease the barriers to employment experienced by the transgender community.”


Mayor Vincent C. Gray will join Director Mallory to offer congratulatory remarks to the graduating class. The graduation ceremony will be held in the Community Room at the DOES Headquarters, located at 4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE.


WHAT:  Project Empowerment Graduation


WHEN:  Friday, October 7, 2011

               12:00 p.m.


WHERE: DOES Community Room

                4058 Minnesota Avenue, NE


MEDIA:  Open

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