The LGBT anti-hate-crime group Gays and Lesbians Opposing Violence (GLOV), a program of The DC Center, this week announced its newly elected officers for 2013.
Hassan Naveed and Matthew Corso, longtime members of the organization, were elected as co-chairpersons, while Paul Tupper was elected secretary.
Naveed, the former vice chairperson of GLOV who frequently served as the group's chief media contact, has been a member of GLOV's Critical Incident Team, a task force that examines and tries to combat anti-LGBT hate crimes, and has built strong relationships, particularly with members of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD).
Corso, himself the victim of a hate crime in 2008 and a member of The DC Center's board of directors, has had experience helping victims of violent crime and lead a project that produced GLOV's safety-tips packet.
Tupper, as a member of GLOV, helped Naveed and Corso with some of 2012 main projects.
A.J. Singletary, GLOV's outgoing chairperson, announced via email he will remain an active member of the organization, but is not currently serving in a specific leadership role.
Naveed also released a statement, setting forth the organization's goals for 2013.
''GLOV will build upon its past successes of advancing LGBT rights, increasing incident reporting, and providing greater support for hate crime victims,'' Naveed said. ''GLOV's new leadership plans to develop strategies expanding the organization's programming and impact on the LGBT community, while continuing its unequivocal commitment to safety through education outreach, advocacy and victim assistance.''