RightRides DC Looking to Raise Money to Continue “free, safe rides home for dozens of women, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming members of the community”

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From Collective Action for Safe Spaces:

“People who don’t regularly experience sexual harassment in public have the freedom to choose where to go and how to get there based on convenience and cost. But for women and LGBTQ folks — populations that are at a higher risk of sexual harassment and assault — these considerations are often in conflict with a need to stay safe.

Our answer: RightRides DC. This summer, we wrapped up our pilot year of RightRides DC and it was a huge success! Thanks to all of you, our supporters and volunteers, we were able to provide free, safe rides home for dozens of women, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming members of the community over four service dates since last October.

Now we are ready to take RightRides DC to the next level, but we can’t do it without you!

Starting this fall, we hope to offer RightRides DC service dates once a month for an entire year! But to do that we need to raise $10,000 by September 30.

You can help us reach our goal by making a donation to RightRides DC right now.

As a small, grassroots organization, we depend on our donors and volunteers to make our work possible. Together, we can make DC a city free from public sexual harassment and assault. And we can start by making sure women, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming members of the DC community can get home safe at night.

Donate to RightRides DC today and help us ensure even more people can get free, safe rides home in the coming year.

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  • I’m wondering how is this legal? Sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity are all protected classes in DC. Can a non-profit legally give a free benefit and discriminate based on a protected class?

    • Perhaps “making sure women, LGBTQ and gender non-conforming members of the DC community can get home safe at night” does not interfere with “making sure men can get home safe at night” as well? As in, they’ll pick up everyone, but basic decorum might dissuade a male like myself from trying to take advantage of a charity service that I really don’t need?

      • Not sure what you mean by “take advantage of a charity service that I really don’t need?” Statistically men are the most frequent victims of violent crime in the district. If the goal were protecting those most at risk for violent crime they would offer rides mostly to black and latino men.

        • the goal is preventing sexual harrassment and assault.

        • Statistically, men are most certainly NOT the most frequent victims of “public sexual harassment and assault.”, which is what the mission states to prevent.
          “Statistically men are the most frequent victims of violent crime in the district”
          Statistically, women have 40% the upper body strength that the statistically most frequent perpetrators of violent crime do (that would be men).

          • justinbc

            I’m fairly certain the poster is trolling. It’s inarguable that this is a problem that women face disproportionately to men. Questioning the legality of it might have some factual merit, but only in DC (and other places where liberals obsess over how every single class might possibly be infringed upon) would anyone actually do so.

  • I’m really curious how this works. Are they simply contracting with specially screened taxi drivers?

    Also, personally, I don’t think all rides need to be free. For those who need free, sure, make it free, but for those who don’t need, just having access to a lgbtq friendly set of drivers would be enough.

    I always thought it would be good for lyft and uber to allow women to select only women drivers, but the legality and the logistics and the enforcement/potential targetting might cause more problems.

    • I have been a volunteer driver for this program before. Basically, zipcar donates cars for the evening and two people per car donate their time. There is a drive and a navigator. One is always a woman, and while sometimes the second is a man, it is usually a woman. It operates like a taxi service. If you want a ride, you call the number. The office is keeping track of where all of the drivers/cars are and they send the closest one to your location. It is free but we will accept donations.

    • Well you can discriminate about your doctor based on their sex and people do it for babysitters and who looks after their children, so I don’t see why a customer wouldn’t be allowed to discriminate in that way, I’m pretty sure the law only applies to hiring and employers.

  • ledroittiger

    I like how they employed the Grand Theft Auto font for this promo. Trendy, I know, but not typically associated with safe rides or preventing sexual harassment/assault of women…

  • There’s a “Q” at the end of LGBT now? I truly did not know.

    • Yup, stands for Questioning.

    • Sometimes questioning, sometimes queer. And the Q isn’t the end anymore … often it it QIA. Google it.

      • justinbc

        So fully it’s LGBTQIA? There has to be a better way to capture “non-heteronormative”, especially since so much of the movement relies on conveying it’s position to the uninformed.

        • There’s even more letters after that. There’s also P for pansexual and/or polyamory, A can be for allies and/or asexual. Many others as well, including ones for non-tradtional hetro relationships (like polymory), BDSM/fetish (regardless of sexual orientation/gender identity), and less common sexual orientations/gender identities. Even then, there are people going to be left out.

          Personally, I’m okay with using queer as a “catch-all” term instead of an seemingly endless stream of letters, but that’s just me. Again, some other “non-heteronormative” people will disagree with that.

          • Emmaleigh504

            I’m also ok with those discriminated against straight mean falling under queer if getting a service means that much to them. Heaven forfend a man not get all the services and perks**
            **I do not think it’s a perk to need a safe ride home b/c you area a woman or LGBTQ*

        • Emmaleigh504

          I lazily use an * I can’t remember how to spell my name most days, so I truncate all the time.

    • It’s been LGBTQ since I was in college in 2007. Other letters get added on, but the Q has been there for a while.

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