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.