December 18, 2013 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
New head of Asian-Pacific American coalition
Gregory Cendana, Lateefah Williams, gay news, Washington Blade

Gregory Cendana (on right) was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 2012. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

The National Council of Asian-Pacific Americans, a coalition of 31 national organizations, last week elected D.C. LGBT rights advocate Gregory Cendana as its new chair, making him the organization’s first Filipino and first openly gay chair.

Cendana is the executive director of the D.C.-based Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance of the AFL-CIO.

In his role as chair of the NCAPA, Cendana will assist the organization in its efforts to represent the interests of the Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities and to provide a national voice on policy issues and priorities, according to a statement released by the organization.

In 2012, Cendana won election as an Obama delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He was part of a delegation of Asian-Pacific American leaders that met with President Obama earlier this year at the White House.

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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