December 4, 2013 | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Queery: Angela Peoples
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Angela Peoples (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Angela Peoples is the new incoming president of D.C.’s Gertrude Stein Democratic Club after a hotly contested race.

Peoples, a Southeast Michigan native, was formerly the club’s vice president.

A policy analyst by day, Peoples says she’s looking forward to continued work in the Club.

“This year we saw a lot of energy and enthusiasm and I think we’re going to carry that into 2014,” Peoples says. “We’re going to continue to raise money, we’re going to reach out and hold candidates accountable to move our community and our issues forward.”

Peoples is in a relationship with Gaby Madriz and lives in Southwest Washington. She enjoys running, sports, karaoke, dancing and cooking for friends in her free time.

How long have you been out and who was the hardest person to tell?

I’ve been out since 2009. I came out to my friends and my older sister first. The hardest people to tell were my parents. I knew they would love me no matter what but I was scared that I would be disappointing them.

Who’s your LGBT hero?

Audre Lorde

What’s Washington’s best nightspot, past or present? 

I’m more of a lounge or karaoke kind of girl but my fave party spots are MOVA ladies night on Wednesday and Peach Pit 90′s dance party.

Describe your dream wedding.

Normally I would say on a beach with a small group of friends and family but sand and I don’t get along that well. So, let’s say a small ceremony with friends and family overlooking a beach.

What non-LGBT issue are you most passionate about?

Education, particularly higher education. I believe that education can be a great equalizer in a world where so many outside factors can pre-determine a person’s access to opportunity. I am committed to creating sustainable models for quality and affordable education for all.

What historical outcome would you change? 

I don’t think I would change anything. Even though there have been a number of tragedies throughout history, you never know how one event might impact another in the future.

 What’s been the most memorable pop culture moment of your lifetime?

I can’t speak for an entire lifetime but the life and death of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston are very memorable for me. Whitney and Michael were a huge part of my life growing up and I think they really helped to shape what it means to be an artist and a pop culture icon.

On what do you insist?

Authenticity and love. If nothing else we must be real with others but more importantly with ourselves. It’s certainly not always easy but if we can all come from a place of authenticity and love then we can get through even the toughest challenges.

What was your last Facebook post or Tweet? 

A picture of me at one of my oldest friend’s wedding.

If your life were a book, what would the title be?

“Trying Not to Trip and Fall”

If science discovered a way to change sexual orientation, what would you do?

I would be outraged that research dollars were being spent on such a ridiculous project and probably organize a campaign targeting the homophobic group or individuals funding the effort.

What do you believe in beyond the physical world? 

I believe in a loving, gracious and just God.

What’s your advice for LGBT movement leaders?

I don’t presume that I’m in a place to give anyone advice. I would thank them for their commitment to our community and to progress. I would ask that we continue to be bold and challenge ourselves to make our movement more inclusive and safe for all people particularly trans people and LGBT people of color.

What would you walk across hot coals for?

Walking across hot coals? Sounds like fun!

What LGBT stereotype annoys you most?

 I am generally annoyed by gender binary stereotypes period, that goes for gay and straight folks. I think we put too much emphasis on what it means to be a “man” or a “woman.”

What’s your favorite LGBT movie?

“Saving Face”

What’s the most overrated social custom?

Greeting cards. I prefer a nice note.

What trophy or prize do you most covet?

I’ve recently gotten more into running. In 2014 I’d like to run in more races and collect a medal for a half marathon.

What do you wish you’d known at 18?

That I was gay.

Why Washington?

I came to Washington because I wanted to effect policy change and be among people who share my passion for politics and progress.

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

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