Bowser appoints activists as heads of LGBT affairs
Last week, Mayor Muriel Bowser appointed two important LGBT activists to head the Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Affairs. Her appointees were Sheila Alexander-Reid, who worked on the business teams of Washington City Paper and the Washington Blade, to lead the office and Terrance Laney as her deputy director.
The two appointments came with a very small, but nonetheless significant change to the name of the department. Basically Bowser’s administration flipped the “L” and the “G” in “LGBT” to “better align with the community’s embrace of the term LGBT,” Bowser said, according to DCist.
Alexander-Reid said her department would focus on AIDS in D.C., where the HIV infection rate is the highest of any city in the U.S., affordable housing and equal access to healthcare for LGBT people, and special attention to the needs of the trans* community.
The increased attention to trans* people reflects a relatively recent push by the broader LGBT community to recognize an especially marginalized group.
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