May 24, 2012 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Gay D.C. delegates headed to Democratic convention

Lateefah Williams, president of the Stein Club, is one of five openly gay and lesbian D.C. Democrats headed to the party’s national convention. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The D.C. Democratic State Committee on May 3 elected gay Democratic activist David Meadows as an alternate delegate to the Democratic National Convention in September, completing the city’s convention delegate selection process.

Meadows, a former president of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, will join at the convention Gregory Cendana, a gay labor activist; Lateefah Williams, the Stein Club’s current president; and Jeffrey Richardson, director of the Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs. Cendana, Williams and Richardson won election as convention delegates at a March 3 Democratic caucus held on the campus of the University of the District of Columbia.

Gay Democratic activist Earl Fowlkes, a member of the Democratic National Committee, will also serve as a delegate to the convention from D.C. under a party rule that makes all DNC members automatic delegates to Democratic conventions.

The five-member gay contingent will be among a total of 44 delegates to the convention from D.C.

In past years, gays and lesbians also have attended Democratic conventions from D.C. and other jurisdictions as members of convention standing committees. Committee positions, which are usually appointed by the Chair of the Democratic Party, have yet to be made for the 2012 Democratic Convention.

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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