April 5, 2017 at 2:47 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Former Council member Ambrose dies at 77
Sharon Ambrose, gay news, Washington Blade

A receiving of friends was scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, April 7, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church at 313 Second Street, S.E., to be followed by a funeral Mass at the church at 10 a.m. for Sharon Ambrose. (Photo by Farragutful; courtesy Wikimedia Commons)

Sharon Ambrose, a member of the D.C. Council from 1997 to 2007 and a longtime supporter and ally of the LGBT community, died Saturday, April 1, at George Washington University Hospital following a long illness. She was 77.

Ambrose, a Democrat, won election to the city’s Ward 6 Council seat after serving on the staff of former Council member John Ray (D-At-Large). She served as chair of the Committee on Economic Development and has been credited with playing an important role in pushing for the city to finance the Washington Nationals Baseball Stadium.

LGBT activists have said Ambrose was a committed ally and strong supporter of LGBT rights legislation before the Council.

“GLAA went back decades with Sharon, who was one of our go-to Council staffers before she won election to the Council representing Ward 6,” said former Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance President Rick Rosendall.

“She was a friend, ally, and honest-dealing public servant who was as smart and tough as they come,” Rosendall said in a tribute to Ambrose on the GLAA website.

A receiving of friends was scheduled for 9 a.m. Friday, April 7, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church at 313 Second Street, S.E., to be followed by a funeral Mass at the church at 10 a.m.

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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