October 6, 2011 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Capital Pride names new director, board members

Capital Pride, the non-profit group that organizes D.C.’s annual LGBT Pride parade and festival, announced on Tuesday that its board has appointed gay sports advocate Ryan Bos as the organization’s new executive director.

Bos has served as president of Team D.C., the LGBT sports league in the D.C. area, since 2010, according to a statement released by the Capital Pride Board. The statement says Bos has worked in various positions at the University of Maryland’s Baltimore County campus since 1998 and most recently has served as the campus’s associate director of residential life.

Bernie Delia, whom the board elected as its president, said Bos will work on a part-time basis until Jan. 1, when the position will become full-time through Aug. 31, 2012, when the contract for the post expires. Capital Pride officials have said the organization usually hires paid staff for part of the year to enable the group’s large contingents of volunteers to put together the festival, parade and a series of other Pride events in June.

In addition to electing Delia as president, the board elected Mary Paradise as board vice president, Scott Mallan as treasurer, and Ray Panas as secretary, the statement says.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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