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TJ Flavell was recently named president of the Arlington Gay & Lesbian Alliance, which is celebrating its 35th year. In addition to serving as AGLA’s president, Flavell serves on the Human Rights Campaign’s Greater Washington D.C. Steering Committee as communications chair and is the founder of Go Gay DC, gogaydc.org, a popular online destination. Flavell previously served as president of PEN, now the Capital Area Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, and as president of the Alexandria Gay & Lesbian Community Association.
He said, “I’m delighted to serve as AGLA’s president. AGLA is a strong local beacon for equality in Northern Virginia. It’s an inclusive, nonpartisan nonprofit open to LGBTQ people and straight allies. It provides fun social activities, builds relationships with elected officials, and works with civic groups on community service.”
AGLA is growing and the board of directors voted last year to reach beyond Arlington and serve LGBT people and allies across Northern Virginia. AGLA has a scholarship program and oversees the annual Mister and Miss Gay Arlington Pageant held at Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant.
“Freddie Lutz, the owner of Freddie’s Beach Bar & Restaurant, has been incredibly supportive in providing AGLA with the rich community focal point from which it can radiate and grow,” Flavell said. “We couldn’t do all this without Freddie.”
For nearly 30 years, Flavell’s career has been focused on transforming education through the use of technology. Currently serving as an online communications specialist for an education nonprofit, he has served as manager of the National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network, a consortium of tech-savvy school districts.
Congratulations are also due to Ashland Johnson, Olivia Hunt, Barbara A. Schwabauer, Jason R. Parish and Michael Bosworth, five local attorneys who have been named by the National LGBT Bar Association as part of its 2016 list of “40 Best Under 40.” The organization is the nation’s largest membership association of LGBT and allied legal professionals. These attorneys are recognized as the country’s most accomplished young LGBT legal professionals. The list includes young lawyers from across the country who have distinguished themselves in their field and demonstrated a commitment to LGBT equality. Their awards will be presented during the organization’s Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair in D.C. on Aug. 5.
D’Arcy Kemnitz, executive director of the bar said, “This year’s ‘Best under 40’ prove how necessary diversity is to a thriving legal community. These young attorneys represent the very best of the profession. They come from law firms, non-profits, corporations and the government. Their breadth of knowledge and legal expertise demonstrate the significant talent the LGBT community brings to the law, and highlight the impact a few can have on the greater good. We’re proud to honor them and all that they have accomplished.”
Johnson is director of policy campaigns for Athlete Ally; Hunt is an AmeriCorps fellow at Whitman-Walker Health Legal Services; Bosworth is deputy assistant to the president, deputy counsel to the president, in the White House Counsel’s Office; Schwabauer is a trial attorney with the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Litigation Section; and Parish is a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.