D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser on Tuesday night cut a ceremonial ribbon to formally open the new office suite in the Reeves Center municipal building for the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs.
More than 100 people turned out for the event, which was part of an open house reception for the new office space on the building’s second floor.
The office, whose name recently changed from GLBT Affairs to LGBTQ Affairs, had been located at the John A. Wilson City Hall building downtown.
Bowser praised Sheila Alexander-Reid, director of the office, and Terrance Laney, the deputy director, for facilitating a smooth transition from the old location to the new space.
“It was really important to me and I had the discussion with Sheila when she first came on to make sure we had a space that was robust, where people could find it, get to easily and it being proximate to the community,” Bowser told the gathering after the ribbon cutting ceremony. “And we thought this space was perfect,” she said.
The new office is located almost directly above the DC Center for the LGBT Community, which moved into the Reeves Center in November 2013. Alexander-Reid said Bowser told her the Reeves Center’s location at 14th and U Street, N.W. would be more accessible to the LGBT community than the Wilson Building.
In welcoming the community to the new LGBTQ Affairs Office location, Bowser also introduced several of her openly gay or lesbian appointees to high level positions in her administration, including lesbian public relations executive Courtney Snowden, whom Bowser appointed as a deputy mayor.
“We have really had the opportunity to build a great team of people,” she said. “And I’m proud that the LGBT community feels safe and good and welcome in the Bowser administration. Isn’t that a good thing?”