Advocate and Ally – Brian Watson – by Yusef Najafi

Brian Watson has seen better days.

On this particular Saturday, stopping by the Wanda Alston House, D.C.’s only transitional residence for homeless LGBT youth, Watson is busy planning two funerals and a vigil.

The vigil and one of those funerals is for Lashai Mclean, gunned down July 20 in Northeast D.C. The 23-year-old transgender woman was a client of Transgender Health Empowerment (THE), which runs the Wanda Alston House, where Watson has worked as director of programs for the past five years.