GLAA Urges District to settle Kenda Kirby case promptly
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GAY AND LESBIAN ACTIVISTS ALLIANCE OF WASHINGTON
Fighting for Equal Rights Since 1971
P. O. Box 75265
Washington, D.C. 20013
(202) 667-5139

August 1, 2007


Chief Dennis Rubin
D.C. Fire/EMS Department
1923 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.† 20001

Marceline Alexander, Esq.
General Counsel
D.C. Fire/EMS Department
1923 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.† 20001

Dear Chief Rubin and Ms. Alexander:

We are writing to ask both of you to expedite a decision on the memo you have received this week from the Office of the Attorney General regarding the Kenda Kirby case.† We hope you will be able to return this memo to OAG within a matter of days.

Ms. Kirbyís attorney, Ms. Mindy Daniels, first made a formal demand to OAG two months ago.† OAG admits it has dragged its feet in preparing the memo they forwarded to you this week.† The sooner you return this memo to OAG, the sooner (we hope) a final settlement can be reached in a case that has already gone on far, far longer than it ever needed to.

In our July 20 meeting with Assistant Chief Brian Lee, my fellow GLAA officers Rick Rosendall and Craig Howell joined me in emphasizing the importance of resolving this case promptly.† The diversity training program your Department is beginning today promises a fresh start in finally improving relations with the wider GLBT community.† However, the Departmentís credibility will suffer as long as the shadow of the Kirby case remains over your heads.†

We remain optimistic and hope our confidence in your new team will be fully justified.

Sincerely,


Barrett L. Brick
President

cc: Assistant Chief Brian Lee
†††††Chris Dyer, Office of LGBT Affairs


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