Peggy Cooper Cafritz, a longtime D.C. philanthropist, supporter of the arts, and highly committed advocate for the rights of minorities, who died Feb. 18, was a supporter of LGBT causes and events, according to veteran gay activist Phil Pannell who served for two years as her executive assistant.
“Yes, Peggy supported gay causes and events,” said Pannell. “She hosted an event at her Chain Bridge Road house organized by Wanda Alston that raised money for an LGBT prom for high school students,” Pannell recalls.
“She hosted an event for the D.C. Coalition of Black Lesbians and Gay Men,” Pannell noted. “Her late brother Mario Cooper was an AIDS activist and she was very supportive of his activities.”
Pannell served as co-chair of Cooper Cafritz’s successful 2000 election campaign for the position of president of the D.C. Board of Education.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser joined members of the City Council and scores of community leaders in hailing Peggy Cooper Cafritz as a key figure in a wide range of endeavors that has benefited the city and its residents of all walks of life for more than a generation.