The national LGBT advocacy organization GetEQUAL announced on Monday that it has named Angela Peoples, president of D.C.’s Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, as its new co-director, a full-time paid position based in Washington.
The organization, founded in 2010, said in a statement that Peoples will join GetEQUAL’s current co-director, Heather Cronk, and the group’s national field director, Kirin Kanakkanatt, along with a “wide range of organizers working in 12 states across the country to win full LGBTQ equality.”
GetEQUAL, among other things, organizes non-violent civil disobedience protests in which participants are arrested as a means of advancing LGBT equality. Shortly after its founding in 2010 its leaders and grassroots volunteer organizers criticized the Obama administration and Democratic leaders in Congress for not moving fast enough in pushing for the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and other legislative initiatives to advance LGBT rights.
Peoples said she plans to remain as president of the Stein Club while assuming her new post as co-director of GetEQUAL. She told the Washington Blade she doesn’t see a conflict in her dual role as head of a Democratic Party group and as a leader of a non-partisan activist organization that sometimes criticizes Democrats.
“At the Stein Club our work is not only to elect and support LGBT-friendly Democrats, but also to hold them accountable to the commitments they make to the LGBT community,” Peoples said.
“We work to support candidates that live the values we share,” she said. “My role at GetEQUAL allows me to further this effort and build with grassroots leaders around the country who are doing great work to move the LGBTQ movement and all leaders forward, regardless of party.”
Tanya Domi, chair of GetEQUAL’s board, said in a statement that the board was “thrilled” to announce its decision to hire Peoples as the new co-director.
“Angela represents a new generation of LGBTQ activists who are committed to pushing our country’s leaders to create a more inclusive and equitable future for LGBTQ individuals,” she said.
Peoples has served since 2011 as a policy analyst with the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau specializing in expanding consumer protection for student loan borrowers. She previously served as policy and advocacy manager for the Center for American Progress and as legislative director for the U.S. Student Association.