A CEREMONIAL RESOLUTION
IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
To Honor the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance on the occasion of its 43rd Anniversary and to recognize the distinguished citizens and organizations to which it will pay tribute at its anniversary reception
WHEREAS, the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance of Washington, DC (GLAA) was founded in April 1971 to advance the cause of equal rights for gay people in the District of Columbia through peaceful participation in the political process; and
WHEREAS, GLAA ranks as the oldest continuously active lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organization in the country; and
WHEREAS, GLAA has long fought to improve District government services to LGBT people, from the police and fire departments to the Department of Health and the Office of Human Rights; and
WHEREAS, GLAA played a key role in winning marriage equality in the District, working with coalition partners and D.C. officials to craft and implement a strategy for achieving a strong, sustainable victory; and
WHEREAS, GLAA has participated in lobbying efforts to defeat undemocratic and discriminatory amendments to the District's budget; and
WHEREAS, GLAA has been an advocate for a safe and affirming educational environment for sexual minority youth; and
WHEREAS, GLAA has educated District voters by rating candidates for Mayor and Council; and
WHEREAS, GLAA has provided leadership in coalition efforts on a wide range of public issues from family rights to condom availability in prisons and public schools to police accountability; and
WHEREAS, GLAA maintains a comprehensive website of LGBT advocacy materials, as well as the GLAA Forum blog to enhance its outreach; and
WHEREAS, GLAA, at its 43rd Anniversary Reception on April 30, 2014, will present its Distinguished Service Awards to individuals who have served the LGBT community in the District of Columbia, specifically:
- Jerry Clark
- Earl D. Fowlkes, Jr.
- Alison Gill
BE IT RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this Resolution may be cited as the "Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance 43rd Anniversary Recognition Resolution of 2014."
Sec. 2. The Council of the District of Columbia salutes GLAA on the occasion of its 43rd Anniversary Reception on April 30, 2014 and thanks its members for their long record of dedicated service that has advanced the welfare not only of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community but of the entire population of the District of Columbia.
Sec. 3. The resolution shall take effect immediately upon the first date of publication in the District of Columbia Register.