September 23, 2015 at 3:39 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Williams’ appointment to att’y gen’l office extended
Lateefah Williams, gay news, Washington Blade

Lateefah Williams’ appointment in May as an attorney adviser for the Office of the D.C. Attorney General has been extended. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

D.C. attorney and lesbian activist Lateefah Williams’ appointment in May as an attorney adviser for the Office of the D.C. Attorney General has been extended to until at least Dec. 31, Williams told the Washington Blade.

D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine announced in June that he had named Williams and Ward 8 community activist and former D.C. Council candidate Trayon White as staff members of his office’s newly created Community Outreach Team.

“Both Lateefah Williams and Trayon White have successful experience reaching out to District residents from a wide array of backgrounds – including those from communities that too often are marginalized or overlooked,” Racine said in a June 18 press release announcing the appointments.

The release said the appointments were temporary and were scheduled to end on Sept. 30. Williams said she and White were recently informed that their appointments would be extended until at least the end of 2015.

Williams, a former president of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, the city’s largest LGBT political organization, was among the unsuccessful candidates running against Racine last year in the city’s first election for the newly created post of an elected attorney general.

She told members of the Stein Club’s regularly scheduled meeting last week that Racine is deeply committed to protecting the rights of LGBT residents as attorney general. Among other things, he has assigned her to reach out to labor and LGBT organizations as part of her job duties with the office.

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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