April 10, 2017
Celebrate with us as we launch a new generation of advocacy!
Dear Friend of GLAA:
Please join us at our 46th anniversary awards reception on April 20 at Policy Restaurant and Lounge as we honor the distinguished service of activists José Gutierrez, Rev. Cedric A. Harmon, Mara Keisling, and Rev. Barry W. Lynn. You can RSVP using our anniversary flyer or via PayPal at http://glaa.org/anniversary/.
Our liberal city, where no anti-gay or anti-trans bills are even introduced in the D.C. Council, is still targeted by the same anti-democratic forces behind the wave of religious supremacy bills misnamed “religious freedom” in statehouses across the country. The continued congressional meddling in our local affairs is one reason we are part of a nationwide effort to fight back. We are working with allies including Congresswoman Norton to guard against this and other congressional mischief.
We are eager for you to meet our new officers dedicated to meeting new challenges. Those challenges were outlined in our policy brief, Building on Victory. It was part of our Election Project in which we quizzed D.C. Council candidates on our issues. Coalitions, expertise, and engagement with policymakers are key to GLAA’s 46 years of success.
GLAA has been busy. We supported the Death Certificate Gender Identity Recognition Amendment Act. We supported and defended the Death with Dignity Act. We worked for years to legalize and regulate surrogacy parenting agreements. We joined with NARAL Pro-Choice America in urging U.S. Attorney General Lynch to investigate bombings of reproductive-health clinics as acts of domestic terrorism. We supported police reform efforts. We took part in dedicating Frank Kameny’s memorial at Congressional Cemetery. We spoke on LGBTQ organizing with local and visiting students, including the Gay-Straight Alliance at Cardozo High School. We have tweaked our logo and redesigned our website and blog.
Our volunteer approach gives a great return on your activist dollars. Maintaining the chops to get policies enacted and implemented requires sustained commitment. You are part of that.
Please join us on April 20 at Policy (1904 14th Street NW, at T Street) for drinks and hors d’oeuvres as we renew our commitment to the fight for equality. You can RSVP using our anniversary flyer or via PayPal at http://glaa.org/anniversary/. We look forward to seeing you.
Guillaume R. Bagal III