April 22, 2015 at 2:19 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Mayor opens new ‘LGBTQ’ Affairs Office
Office of LGBTQ Affairs, gay news, Washington Blade

Mayor Bowser on Tuesday officially opened the LGBTQ Affairs office at the Reeves Center. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

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?”

Office of LGBTQ Affairs, gay news, Washington Blade

Director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs Sheila Alexander-Reid and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new location of the Office of LGBTQ Affairs in the Reeves Center on April 21, 2015. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

 

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

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