February 8, 2012 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Clark Ray named athletics director for D.C. schools
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Clark Ray has been tapped as DC schools athletics director

Gay Democratic activist Clark Ray, who served as director of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation during the administration of former Mayor Adrian Fenty, has been named statewide athletics director for the city’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education.

According to Jeffrey Richardson, director of Mayor Vincent Gray’s Office of GLBT Affairs, Ray will work on policy-related matters and federal funding guidelines associated with the D.C. public school system’s sports and athletic programs.

Ray could not be immediately reached for comment by press time this week. A spokesperson for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education did not return a call by press time.

Ray ran unsuccessfully in 2010 for the seat on the D.C. City Council held by Phil Mendelson (D-At-Large), who won re-election by a lopsided margin.

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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