LGBTQ Affairs

The District has been a national leader on pro-LGBTQ policies for decades. From repealing the anti-sodomy law in 1993, establishing the Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Affairs in 2006, and legalizing same-sex marriage in 2010, the District has been ahead of almost any other city in the nation. 

While DC has the most LGBTQ residents per capita of any city in the United States, the Council has no LGBTQ members to represent and champion issues that directly affect this community.

During my service on Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2B, I advocated for stronger investments in affordable housing and protections for transgender residents and DC’s large LGBTQ community overall. I joined the ANC Rainbow Caucus to demand action from the city to stop discrimination and violence against LGBTQ residents. We cannot be silent on these issues, which represent people’s basic rights to equality, safety, and dignity.

In addition to my work on critical policies, as a member of the LGBTQ community I am consistently showing up and making sure that Ward 2 is a safe and welcoming place for everyone. For many years I have organized and fundraised for the 17th Street High Heel race, a regionally recognized event that celebrates our pride and individuality. I also led the initiative, in partnership with the Mayor’s office and the District Department of Transportation, to paint permanent rainbow and transgender pride flag crosswalks on 17th street in the Dupont Circle neighborhood.

The Council needs a leader who’s not just an ally, but who is a member of this proud community.

As your Councilmember, I will:
  • Focus on protecting the rights of transgender residents to be safe, find employment, and secure affordable housing.
  • Work to invest in LGBTQ senior and affordable housing.
  • Ensure the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs has enough resources to adequately serve the LGBTQ community.
  • Focus on serving LGBTQ residents experiencing homelessness and make sure they have access to comprehensive resources.