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Almeida honored; Whitman-Walker’s new board member



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The ‘Comings & Goings’ column chronicles important life changes of Blade readers.

The Comings and Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at [email protected].

Congratulations are due to Tico Almeida. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has announced that Almeida, an LGBT civil rights attorney and founder of the national LGBT legal organization Freedom to Work, will be recognized at the U.S. Supreme Court with the 2016 Stevens Award. The Stevens Award was established in 1999 in honor of Joseph E. Stevens, Jr., a former president of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. The Stevens Award is given to a Truman Scholar who is an attorney and has made significant contributions in public service and to the Truman Foundation.

Almeida was originally awarded the Truman Scholarship in 1998 while a student at Duke University, and the scholarship was used for his legal education at Yale Law School. He will be presented with the Stevens Award at a ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court on June 1, 2016.

The Truman Foundation selected Almeida for the Stevens Award based on his public interest work as counsel to a Congressional Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, advocate for immigrants and Latinos as an attorney for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), and historic litigation and lobbying efforts for LGBT Americans with the organization he founded five years ago, Freedom to Work. Almeida was a national leader in the campaign to persuade President Obama to sign a historic executive order protecting LGBT workers from discrimination at companies that receive federal contracts.

His background includes previously serving as chair of the Hispanic National Bar Association’s Committee on Labor and Employment Law. While a student at Yale Law School he clerked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Another member of our community who has earned our congratulations is Brian Goldthorpe, who started the Capitol Hill Business Connection. This independent professional networking group of businessmen and women focuses on new business development referrals within the group’s members and membership is open to all. Goldthorpe is dedicated to the open exchange of knowledge and expertise between members. The group has weekly meetings that often incorporate group discussions on overcoming common challenges faced by entrepreneurs, as well as breakout sessions on how to improve internal communication between members and those in their various professional networks.

Goldthorpe is the owner of Privileged Communication ( a consulting firm based in Columbia Heights, which specializes in crisis communication, reputation management and messaging. His expertise enables his clients to effectively manage threats to their reputations and navigate crises that put their futures at risk, while also generating goodwill and creating new growth opportunities. He is also a recognized LGBT rights advocate.

(On a personal note, I will be delivering a lunchtime lecture on business development to the group on March 8 from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., which will be hosted at Keller Williams’ offices at 519 C St., N.E. The lecture is free and open to the public. RSVP at [email protected].)

Brian Goldthorpe

Brian Goldthorpe

Congratulations also to Travis Patton who was recently elected to the board of directors of Whitman-Walker Health. Patton is a partner at PwC LLP where he has focused his practice for more than 17 years on tax-exempt organizations, including healthcare organizations, universities, museums and foundations. He moved to Dupont Circle in 1998 after graduating from the College of William and Mary and then earned his master’s in taxation from American University.

Patton married his husband Jeff Seese in 2011, and together they have been active community members supporting Whitman-Walker, the Point Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the 17th Street Festival, among other charitable activities. They, along with close friends, are founding members of the annual “Wig Night Out” fundraiser. Upon joining the WWH board in February, Patton said, “I hope to volunteer my experience in accounting and healthcare finance as well as my community engagement to support the organization.”

Travis Patton

Travis Patton



HME Consulting and Advocacy stands on frontline of LGBTQ policy

Heidi Ellis is a consultant who doesn’t take clients ‘not aligned with my mission’



‘Even though I am a private consultant … my work is very much mission driven,’ says Heidi Ellis. (Photo courtesy of Ellis)

September is here, which means Congress and the D.C. Council return from their August recess and life for consultant Heidi Ellis quickly gets busy. 

Her days are filled with negotiating with Council members, phone calls with clients, and policy planning for advocacy groups. The organizations she represents are looking to her to help them push policy and she hopes to guide them to victory. 

Ellis’s company, HME Consulting and Advocacy, came after years of working in the public and private sectors as a consultant. In 2019, Ellis decided to shift her focus to work that stood at the center of the intersections in which she lives. She sought to figure out how she could better serve her community as a Black queer Latino woman. Ellis recognized that there was a niche for mission-driven consulting in the District. 

“I was sought out and recruited by a lot of organizations that wanted me and I took a beat, because I was like ‘Do I want to go back into a machine where even if I do effect change, I have to answer to someone?’”she said, in reference to consulting agencies that were in pursuit of her talent. Ultimately, she decided against continuing her work under another company. “By doing what I do, I have much more flexibility for one to say ‘Yes’ but also to say ‘No’.”

Although Ellis has considered going back to working in the corporate space, she still loves the flexibility of being able to be nimble as a private consultant. 

Although Ellis doesn’t work entirely in the advocacy space, her consulting clients still align with her personal values. She joked that she differs strongly from the stereotypical money-driven D.C. consultant who sports Brooks Brothers suits on K Street. 

“Even though I am a private consultant … my work is very much mission driven,” she said. “I don’t take any clients that are not aligned with my mission.”

Her mission is simple, Ellis is “committed to elevating issues that sit at the nexus of education, mental health, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people of color.”

“The more marginalized you are, the more you suffer from the failures of policy and the gaps of service,” she said. 

As a consultant in the advocacy space, Ellis does the behind-the-scenes work for organizations to help correct these policy failures and close the gaps. Whether she is facilitating training for companies to better understand how to serve their LGBTQ communities, or she is on the frontline of education policy changes –– Ellis aims to only do work that she is passionate about.

She said that the balance of her combined passion and level-headedness help her to build trusting relationships with her clients and in the end, “Get stuff  done.”

Since starting her organization, some of her proudest work has been done with the DC LGBTQ+ Budget Coalition. The coalition is made up of more than 30 organizations that aim to advocate for investments and policy changes that affect LGBTQ lives. As a leader of this coalition, her services include policy support, facilitation, training, initiative development and organizational redesign. Since she began leading the coalition, they have raised more than $5 million of investments in LGBTQ programs.

Later this fall, she will work with the DC LGBTQ+ Budget Coalition along with the ANC Rainbow Caucus to convene the first LGBTQ+ Housing Summit from Nov. 29-30.

“The one thing we all recognize is that housing is the common denominator of every other social affliction facing LGBTQ communities,” she said.  

At the summit they will focus on the barriers within the current housing system and explore revitalized approaches to dealing with the current housing market. To pre-register for the event, visit the LGBTQ+ Housing Summit website.

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Former D.C. resident opens art gallery in San Francisco



Jonathan Carver Moore

The Comings & Goings column is about sharing the professional successes of our community. We want to recognize those landing new jobs, new clients for their business, joining boards of organizations and other achievements. Please share your successes with us at: [email protected].

The Comings & Goings column also invites LGBTQ+ college students to share their successes with us. If you have been elected to a student government position, gotten an exciting internship, or are graduating and beginning your career with a great job, let us know so we can share your success.

Congratulations to Jonathan Carver Moore on opening his contemporary art gallery in San Francisco. The gallery specializes in working with emerging and established artists who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and women. As the only openly gay Black male-owned gallery in San Francisco, Moore is committed to amplifying the voices of the often-underrepresented artists through a Black queer lens. He said, “I want the gallery to be a place where the LGBTQ+ community and people of color walk inside and see themselves knowing that they belong. I want us to be able to collect work from and support underrepresented artists who are often overlooked, but add some much value to our culture.”

Moore is also the founder of ARTUCATED, a digital journal that helps share, spotlight, and educate people about marginalized artists. Previously he was director of Donor Relations, Partnerships & Programming Director with the Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco. He was Communications Manager, Rosenberg Foundation; and Associate Director of Public Relations, Out & Equal, San Francisco Bay Area. 

Moore earned his bachelor’s in Sociology, Women’s Studies, from George Washington University in D.C.; and his master’s in Public Relations, Advertising and Applied Communications, also from George Washington University.

Congratulations also to Jim Bobick on having his paintings included in a permanent collection by Saks Fifth Avenue. He said, “I am thrilled Saks Fifth Avenue chose my art for its permanent collection. I have long been a customer of the store and an admirer of the fashion designers represented there. I am especially pleased to know my work is on public view in the Chevy Chase, Maryland store. Not only did I grow up in the area, for part of my education I attended art school nearby, where I had the good fortune of studying under the notable painter Allen Dester Carter of Washington, D.C., whose work is in the Smithsonian collection. My ties to the Washington area art scene and my love of Saks makes this professional moment especially important to me. I am grateful and honored the store chose my paintings for their collection.” 

He has had numerous exhibitions of his work, including: Gallery 101 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (solo); Coral Springs Museum of Art, Coral Springs, Fla. (group); Studio B “Delicacies” Washington, D.C. (group); Columbia Art Center “Abstract Paintings” (solo); and Gallery 50 “Freestyle” (solo) Rehoboth Beach, Del. He has been written about in several publications including Michael Mills, Jim Bobick Creates Landscapes of the Mind at Gallery 101, New Times; Arterpillar South Florida Arts Blog; Stefan Braham, Eclectic Expressions, Coastal Style Magazine; Artist Looks Beyond the Temporal Beauty, Coast Press.

He earned his bachelor’s in Visual Arts, University of Maryland, College Park, Fine Art; and attended the Maryland College of Art and Design. 

Jim Bobick
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2023 Best of LGBTQ DC Readers’ Choice Award Finalist Voting

Vote for your favorite finalists through October 2nd!



It is time to celebrate the best of LGBTQ+ DC! You nominated and now we have our finalists. Vote for your favorites in our 2023 Best of LGBTQ DC categories through October 2nd. Our 2023 Best of LGBTQ DC will be announced at the Best of LGBTQ DC Awards Party on October 19th and our special issue will come out on Friday, October 20th.

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