December 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm EST | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Rosendall elected GLAA president
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Rick Rosendall (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Longtime D.C. gay activist Rick Rosendall won election on Dec. 11 as president of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, a group with which he’s been active for more than 20 years.

Rosendall, who had been serving as the group’s vice president for political affairs, succeeds current GLAA President Miguel Tuason, who chose not to run for another term.

GLAA member Charles Butler won election to the vice president for political affairs position.

Kevin Davis, the GLAA vice president for administration; Alison Gardner, the group’s secretary; and Gary Collins, treasurer, were re-elected to those posts.

Each of the officer candidates ran unopposed and was elected by acclamation.

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

  • This is great news for LGBTQ Washingtonians. Rick Rosendall and that merry band at GLAA continue to be tireless champions for all of us.

    As Ward 5’s LGBT population grew– and whenever it needed a helping hand, Rick has always been there. Rick Rosendall has been extraordinarily generous to activists and just plain, concerned citizens– both with his time and his personal encouragement. And I know many of us will continue to be informed by Rick’s strategic thinking AND his savvy political tactics.

    Then there’s the mystery of… and personal example set by Rick Rosendall’s sheer energy. Consider the number of his appearances before the Council, radio programs and news media, civic meetings and seminars, his time spent on the GLAA Forum blog, conducting GLAA’s candidate surveys, ETCETERA, ETCETERA! (Would someone pls swipe Rosendall’s vitamin list and sneak it to the media!?!)

    Is there a LGBT activist in this city who has done more than Rick Rosendall?

    Butler must know he’s got a very tough act to follow. So let’s congratulate and wish him well, too. But with Rosendall at the helm of GLAA, we can rest easy that he’ll have rock solid, proven experience to lean upon if needed.

    Congrats! And rock on, GLAA!

  • Thank you, Brian, for your very gracious words. There are a number of people who make GLAA’s work possible, including my fellow officers and our members and supporters. As to energy, lately I’ve been wondering where it went; but periodically something outrageous happens that motivates me. My Christmas wish is that we get Frank Kameny’s ashes buried. As for 2013, here’s to making our city do a better job of living up to the fine words it put on paper, especially where its transgender citizens are concerned. And please support the DC Center as it prepares to move into its new space at the Reeves Center. So much for all of us to do!

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