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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

DPD holds LGBTQ community chat in Palmer Park tonight

Posted By on Wed, Aug 3, 2016 at 2:23 PM

click to enlarge Amber Monroe, 20, a trans woman, was killed near Palmer Park on Aug 8, 2015. - PHOTO VIA FACEBOOK
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  • Amber Monroe, 20, a trans woman, was killed near Palmer Park on Aug 8, 2015.
Detroit police are holding an LGBTQ community chat for the second year in a row at Palmer Park Wednesday night.

Deputy Dani Woods, the LGBTQ liaison to the office of Detroit Police Chief James Craig, discussed the event on Hot 107.5: "We're working to build our relationship between the Detroit Police Department and the LGBT community. Our first job is to protect and serve the community, which means it's our jobs to serve and protect no matter how you identify."

Palmer Park has been the site of multiple hate crimes against transgender people in recent years. The community chat comes within days of the one-year anniversary of the death of Amber Monroe, 20, a transgender woman who was shot and killed at 6 Mile and Woodward on Aug. 8, 2015. 

For an in-depth read on the problem, read Allie Gross' Metro Times cover story, "The Throwaways: How Detroit is becoming a flashpoint for violence against trans women." 

The community chat is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 at the duck pond in Palmer Park.

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