When a friend invited Monique Hall to a National Gay & Lesbian Task Force event a few years ago, she was immediately impressed.
“I was just amazed,” she says. “OK, I do a lot of events around D.C., I know we all do. But I was just surprised at how many people of color there were. I love HRC, don’t get me wrong. I’m on their mailing list, I support them and the Victory Fund too. I don’t want this to come off as a slam to any of them, but whenever I go to their events it’s a lot of men and a lot of white men. That’s fine — I love all those organizations, but I just felt at home with the Task Force … they’re really at the crossroads of all the policy issues in D.C. but also giving grants to the states — it’s really inclusive to all segments of the LGBT community.”
It’s a big weekend for the organization — this year’s Pink & Purple Weekend kicks off Friday with Pink & Purple Sunset: A Women’s Event from 5:30 to 10 p.m. on the rooftop of the Capitol Hill Liaison Hotel. Then from 10 to 3 a.m., a dance will be held at Cobalt. An awards brunch is Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Mayflower Hotel honoring entrepreneurs Ingrid Duran and Catherine Pino and filmmaker Dee Rees. Visit thetaskforce.org for prices, tickets and more information.
“It’s really about the people and the community, not some elected official or all the usual pomp and circumstance of D.C. It’s about honoring people and causes that are important to the growth and structure of the LGBT community,” says Hall, who joined the Task Force board of directors in January.
She works by day as a communications consultant as vice president of the DCI Group, an independently owned public affairs group. After growing up and going to school in her home state of North Carolina, Hall, 30, came to D.C.
“I just knew I wasn’t a small-town girl,” she says.
Hall is single, travels a lot for work and lives in Arlington, Va. She enjoys watching sports in her free time. (Blade photo by Michael Key)
How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?
Who said I was out? Guess I am now … just joking. Since 2005. The people I haven’t told.
Who’s your LGBT hero?
Although she never officially came out, Barbara Jordan and I love the courage of James Baldwin’s words.
What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present?
The Wet — damn you Nats’ park!
Describe your dream wedding.
Destination ceremony with a woman who is as passionate about politics as me.
What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?
It’s not an issue, but working to make sure President Obama is re-elected.
What historical outcome would you change?
The assassination of MLK, Jr.
What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?
The rise of hip-hip and its transcendence into mainstream culture.
On what do you insist?
Acceptance and respect in spite of our differences.
What was your last Facebook post or Tweet?
A quoted Tweet re: potus and former president clinton campaigning together – i think president clinton will be an essential part of the president’s re-election campaign.
If your life were a book, what would the title be?
“Determined to Win”
If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?
I’d be open to the discovery.
What do you believe in beyond the physical world?
A spiritual world — heaven.
What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?
Think beyond marriage and be more inclusive.
What would you walk across hot coals for?
What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?
There are many, but the butch/femme roles we embrace — just be who you are.
What’s your favorite LGBT movie?
“Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom”
What’s the most overrated social custom?
The overuse of email, text, etc. in place of talking to someone.
What trophy or prize do you most covet?
I’m not that kind of person. I want to make a difference by working hard for the community. I don’t have to get an award for it.
What do you wish you’d known at 18?
That hard work will pay off.
I love the political banter and all the pomp and circumstance of this town.