November 27, 2013 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Budd to be sworn into HIV/AIDS Commission
Earline Budd, gay news, Washington Blade

‘My passion has and continues to be with HIV,’ said longtime activist Earline Budd. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Veteran D.C. transgender activist Earline Budd is scheduled to be sworn in by Mayor Vincent Gray on Dec. 2 as a member of the Mayor’s Commission on HIV/AIDS.

The swearing in ceremony for Budd and other newly appointed members of the HIV/AIDS Commission will take place about a year-and-a-half after Gray inducted Budd and fellow transgender activist Alexandra Beninda as members of the D.C. Commission on Human Rights.

“In July 2012 I became one of the first transgender women appointed to the Commission on Human Rights,” Budd told the Blade in an email. “But my passion has and continues to be with HIV as I have made it no secret that I am HIV positive and am dedicated to providing services to this population, especially those who are homeless and who are struggling,” Budd said.

The swearing in ceremony for the HIV/AIDS Commission members was scheduled to be held outside the mayor’s office in the John A. Wilson City Hall building at noon on Monday, Dec. 2.

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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