Arlington Human Rights Forum to Focus on LGBT Community

Published on April 19, 2017

  • Forum honors activist Tiffany Joslyn

  • Raising awareness of County's Human Rights Office

  • Sponsored by County's Human Rights Commission

Arlington County's Human Rights Commission will sponsor a public forum, "Broadening the Rainbow: Hidden Voices within the LGBT Community," at Walter Reed Community Center on Thursday, May 11 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The human rights forum will honor the memory of activist Tiffany Joslyn.

"Tiffany Joslyn spent her life fighting for those who are marginalized," Commission Chair Carlos Velazquez said. "The Commission has decided to dedicate its first forum of each year in her honor to highlight any group in Arlington who might seem invisible. We welcome our entire community to participate in this important discussion."

[caption id="attachment_11718" align="alignright" width="171"] Community activist, LGBT advocate Tiffany Joslyn.[/caption]

Community leaders, subject matter experts and advocates will discuss how to protect the rights of the County's lesbian-gay-bi-sexual-transgender (LGBT) community and the challenges of upholding the rights of all people in the County, and take questions from the audience.

"We hope this forum will help make Arlington's LGBT community aware of the County's Human Rights Office, which is charged with investigating complaints from people who believe they have been victims of unlawful discrimination," Velazquez said.

"Many members of the LGBT community may feel hesitant about complaining about discrimination, given the stigma that still exists in society about sexual and gender identity,"  he said. The LGBT community "also faces challenges such as poverty, homelessness and documentation status — all of which can be barriers to seeking protection from discrimination."

The forum will be held in Multipurpose Room A of the Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th Street South, Arlington, VA 22204.

About Tiffany Joslyn

The forum, which the commission plans to hold annually, is named in honor of Tiffany Joslyn, an attorney and Arlington resident who served on the commission and was an LGBT advocate. Joslyn, 33, died in a car accident in 2016. She served on the board of the Arlington LGBT group AGLA and was a president of the LGBT Democrats of Virginia PAC, active in the Arlington Young Democrats and the Arlington County Democratic Committee. In 2016, she was posthumously awarded Arlington County's James B. Hunter Award, the County's human rights award.