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“I love wandering through Smithsonian museums, eating on H Street with friends, and going to shows at Howard Theatre.” It sounds like copy from a tourism campaign ad, but this testimonial came from a poster for D.C.’s Office of Human Rights. Last summer, OHR launched a government-funded program to battle anti-trans violence in the city: a first-of-its-kind ad campaign in bus shelters and Metro stations that featured photos of real trans and gender-nonconforming D.C. residents describing their intentionally banal hobbies and local haunts. “I’m a transgender woman,” finished one, “and I’m part of D.C.” Images from the Transgender and Gender Identity Respect Campaign have since been circulated at doctor’s offices, LGBTQ community centers, and universities far beyond D.C., according to the campaign’s organizer, Elliot Imse. This is one government act that’s gotten national attention for all the right reasons—and we can be proud to be the trendsetters.