Philadelphia Announces New Members of LGBT Affairs

City Announces Members for Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs

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Philadelphia – Today, the city announced the membership for the Commission on LGBT Affairs, a 23-member body that will advise the Mayor on policies that support the lives of LGBT individuals in the city and support and amplify the work of the Office of LGBT Affairs.  “Philadelphia values and promotes diversity and the contributions of our LGBT community,” said Mayor Kenney.  “I appreciate the commitment of these stellar individuals to serve on the LGBT Commission, and I believe the city will benefit from their rich and varied perspectives.”  Following a broad outreach effort, the commission was selected through a rigorous application and review process led by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the Office of LGBT Affairs, and the Mayor’s Office.  The members reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, which includes transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer communities, as well as diversity in ethnicity, religion, race, gender, disability, profession, citizenship status, socioeconomic status, geography, housing status and age.  Key activities of the Commission will include advising the Kenney administration on ways to increase LGBT community access to government resources and sharing information with various LGBT communities about relevant government efforts.   Other functions include assisting the Office of LGBT Affairs in bringing vital LGBT community needs to the attention of all relevant city agencies and helping those agencies to develop plans addressing those needs.  The commission will also connect regularly with LGBT organizations and individuals outside the Commission or city government.  “I am overjoyed and honored to work with the newly appointed Commission on LGBT Affairs. These 23 individuals represent some of the greatest, most dynamic minds of our community and I am grateful for their steadfast commitment to Philadelphia’s LGBTQ population,” said Amber Hikes, newly-appointed LGBT Affairs Director.  “I look forward to serving with this vibrant team as we address the needs of our community and elevate the voices of our most underserved community members.”  Members of the Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs are listed below:      Deja Lynn Alvarez, Trans Activist and Director, LGBTQ Home for Hope     Chris Bartlett, Executive Director, William Way LGBT Community Center     Kimberley Brown-Flint, Education Administrator, WWCC board member     Leonore Carpenter, LGBTQ civil rights attorney and Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law     Sharron Cooks, Owner & CEO Making Our Lives Easier LLC, Social Justice Advocate, Equality Pennsylvania Board Member     Francisco Cortes, Education Administrator, Youth Program Coordinator Galaei, Juntos board member     Amanda Dougherty, Associate Attorney Reiff and Bily, Philadelphia Trial Attorneys, Longtime advocate for the LGBT community.     Jason D. Evans, Community Activist, Board Member Philly AIDS Thrift     Heath Fogg Davis, Professor of Political Science, Temple University, Volunteer TMAN (Trans Masculine Advocacy Network)     Soheila ‘Gigi’ Nikpour, Community Legal Services Aging & Disabilities Unit, LGBT Sports/Actively Assists Lesbian Asylum seekers     Kati ‘Jazz’ Gray-Sadler, President/Producer Gray-Sadler, Inc., LesBe Real Radio/Media & Fifty Shades of Purple Against Bullying     Kae Greenberg, Assistant Defender, Defenders Association of Philadelphia     Stephanie Haynes, Executive Director, Philadelphia Family Pride     Deborah Johnson, Visitor Services Manager, African America Museum of Philadelphia     Jeffrey Jordan, Pastor, Metropolitan Community Church     Malcolm Kenyatta, Member Engagement Coordinator, Chamber of Commerce     Anthony Leon, Youth Education Manager, Mazzoni Center     Barrett Marshall, Attorney/LGBTQ legal services expert     Libby Peters,  Assistant Rowing Coach, University of Pennsylvania Women’s Rowing Program     Bianca Pichardo, Latinx Activist, Galaei Board member     Raquel E. Saraswati, Muslim activist/writer, expert on gender based violence     Evan Urbania, Chief Executive Officer, Chatterblast Media, Founding Board Member & former President of the Independence Business Alliance     Yoshiaki Yamasaki, Executive Director, The Philadelphia AIDS Consortium dba World Health Care infrastructuresPhiladelphia PA – Today, the city announced the membership for the LGBT Affairs, a 23-member body that will advise the Mayor on policies that support the lives of LGBT individuals in the city and support and amplify the work of the Office of LGBT Affairs.

“Philadelphia values and promotes diversity and the contributions of our LGBT community,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “I appreciate the commitment of these stellar individuals to serve on the LGBT Commission, and I believe the city will benefit from their rich and varied perspectives.”

Following a broad outreach effort, the commission was selected through a rigorous application and review process led by the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the Office of LGBT Affairs, and the Mayor’s Office. The members reflect the diversity of the LGBT community, which includes transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and queer communities, as well as diversity in ethnicity, religion, race, gender, disability, profession, citizenship status, socioeconomic status, geography, housing status and age.

Key activities of the Commission will include advising the Kenney administration on ways to increase LGBT community access to government resources and sharing information with various LGBT communities about relevant government efforts. Other functions include assisting the Office of LGBT Affairs in bringing vital LGBT community needs to the attention of all relevant city agencies and helping those agencies to develop plans addressing those needs. The commission will also connect regularly with LGBT organizations and individuals outside the Commission or city government.

“I am overjoyed and honored to work with the newly appointed Commission on LGBT Affairs. These 23 individuals represent some of the greatest, most dynamic minds of our community and I am grateful for their steadfast commitment to Philadelphia’s LGBTQ population,” said Amber Hikes, newly-appointed LGBT Affairs Director. “I look forward to serving with this vibrant team as we address the needs of our community and elevate the voices of our most underserved community members.”

Members of the Mayor’s Commission on LGBT Affairs are listed below:

Deja Lynn Alvarez, Trans Activist and Director, LGBTQ Home for Hope
Chris Bartlett, Executive Director, William Way LGBT Community Center
Kimberley Brown-Flint, Education Administrator, WWCC board member
Leonore Carpenter, LGBTQ civil rights attorney and Professor of Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law
Sharron Cooks, Owner & CEO Making Our Lives Easier LLC, Social Justice Advocate, Equality Pennsylvania Board Member
Francisco Cortes, Education Administrator, Youth Program Coordinator Galaei, Juntos board member
Amanda Dougherty, Associate Attorney Reiff and Bily, Philadelphia Trial Attorneys, Longtime advocate for the LGBT community.
Jason D. Evans, Community Activist, Board Member Philly AIDS Thrift
Heath Fogg Davis, Professor of Political Science, Temple University, Volunteer TMAN (Trans Masculine Advocacy Network)
Soheila ‘Gigi’ Nikpour, Community Legal Services Aging & Disabilities Unit, LGBT Sports/Actively Assists Lesbian Asylum seekers
Kati ‘Jazz’ Gray-Sadler, President/Producer Gray-Sadler, Inc., LesBe Real Radio/Media & Fifty Shades of Purple Against Bullying
Kae Greenberg, Assistant Defender, Defenders Association of Philadelphia
Stephanie Haynes, Executive Director, Philadelphia Family Pride
Deborah Johnson, Visitor Services Manager, African America Museum of Philadelphia
Jeffrey Jordan, Pastor, Metropolitan Community Church
Malcolm Kenyatta, Member Engagement Coordinator, Chamber of Commerce
Anthony Leon, Youth Education Manager, Mazzoni Center
Barrett Marshall, Attorney/LGBTQ legal services expert
Libby Peters, Assistant Rowing Coach, University of Pennsylvania Women’s Rowing Program
Bianca Pichardo, Latinx Activist, Galaei Board member
Raquel E. Saraswati, Muslim activist/writer, expert on gender based violence
Evan Urbania, Chief Executive Officer, Chatterblast Media, Founding Board Member & former President of the Independence Business Alliance
Yoshiaki Yamasaki, Executive Director, The Philadelphia AIDS Consortium dba World Health Care infrastructures

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