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.