GLAA anniversary event highlights ‘changing of guard’

Lou Chibbaro writes at the Washington Blade:

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, City Council Chair Phil Mendelson and fellow Council members Jack Evans and Vincent Gray were among the nearly 100 people who turned out on April 20 for the 46th anniversary celebration of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance….

[New GLAA President Guillaume Bagal] has said that as a member of the team of six new GLAA officers along with Treasurer Gary Collins, the only incumbent officer to retain his post from last year, he plans to continue the group’s longstanding projects. Among them are lobbying and monitoring city government agencies on LGBT-related public policy issues and rating local candidates running for public office on LGBT issues….

The other newly elected officers in addition to Bagal include:
* John Becker, 32, LGBT advocate, writer and blogger — Vice President for Political Affairs.
* Nicholas Cicchinelli, 24, a recent international relations and Russian studies graduate at Wheaton College in Norton, Mass., who works on international development and human rights issues — Vice President for Administration.
* Pamgrace Gachenge, 27, home healthcare services specialist and founder of a group that promotes sexual health for young women of color — Vice President for Membership.
* Bobbi Strang, 46, trans rights advocate, board member of the D.C. Office of Police Complaints and Metropolitan Community Church of Washington — Vice President for Strategy.
* Christopher Taylor, 29, professional web designer — Vice President for Marketing.

Chibbaro also reports on GLAA’s Distinguished Service Awards for 2017, which were presented at the April 20 reception to José Gutierrez, Rev. Cedric A. Harmon, Mara Keisling, and Rev. Barry W. Lynn.



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