GLAA endorses Ingebretsen for Commission on Human Rights
Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC
P. O. Box 75265
Washington, DC 20013-5265
April 10, 2000
Special Assistant to the Mayor for Boards and Commissions
441 4th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
Dear Mr. King:
On behalf of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC (GLAA), I would like to endorse the nomination of Father Edward Ingebretsen for the Commission on Human Rights.
Fr. Ingebretsen is an accomplished scholar and poet. He is an assistant professor of English at Georgetown University, where he established the first gay literature course on campus, helped out numerous gay individuals on campus, and served on Georgetown's Sexual Assault Committee.
He has been a Series Editor for "Queer Practices and Representations in Popular Culture" since 1996. As such, he is responsible for soliciting, developing, and acquiring book-length manuscripts that will theorize the complexities of representation in popular culture. He is also a Series Editor for "Reading American Cultures" which examines the philosophical and historical roots of current cultural expressions. This is exactly the cross-cultural background that we would hope to see on the Commission on Human Rights.
Fr. Ingebretsen is the Chair of the Educational Outreach Committee of the Whitman-Walker Clinic, and has been a marshal and organizer of AIDSWalk since 1992.
Father Ingebretsen's appointment would alleviate a serious under-representation of Gay and Lesbian people on the Commission that has existed for the past several years. From the 1980s until recent years, there have normally been 3 or 4 members of our community serving on the Commission on Human Rights at a time.
Father Ingebretsen's appointment will be a significant step forward in restoring the full vitality of the District's commitment to the vigorous enforcement of our landmark Human Rights Act.
Thank you for your attention. Please feel free to call me at 667-5139 if you have any questions.
Bob Summersgill, President
cc: Mayor Anthony Williams
Councilmember Kathy Patterson