As the only openly gay candidate in this race, improving LGBTQ equity is very important to me. I have been active in the movement since the 1980’s. I volunteered as a “buddy” for AIDS victims with Whitman Walker during the 80s and 90s. I was one of the first openly LGBTQ political appointees in the District government. I am a member of the Rainbow Caucus, serving along-side other openly gay ANC Commissioners. As chair of ANC 2F, I supported Whitman Walker Health’s expansion and the extension of the Pride Parade route to include the Logan Circle neighborhood. During my time in District Government and on the ANC, I’ve helped many members of the LGBTQ community find employment and housing opportunities.
The LGBTQ community has made tremendous progress in my lifetime and the District of Columbia has some of the most progressive and strongest equal rights protections. However, there is room for improvement and as a Councilmember here are some of the things, that I will do to improve the lives of LGBTQ residents living in Ward 2 and throughout the District of Columbia.