The Mayor’s Office of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning Affairs (LGBTQ) is a permanent, cabinet-level office within the Office of Community Affairs in the Executive Office of the Mayor, established by statute in 2006 to address the important concerns of the District's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents. The District of Columbia has one of the highest concentrations of LGBTQ residents in the country with an estimated 7 to 10% of the population being LGBTQ. Throughout the fiscal years 2008 and 2009 the Office fulfilled its mission through enhancement and expansion of its programs and services.
The Office of LGBTQ Affairs works in collaboration with an Advisory Committee, appointed by the Mayor, to define issues of concern to the LGBTQ community and find innovative ways of utilizing government resources to help address these issues. Some accomplishments of the past two years include:
- Made direct contact with over 36,000 residents.
- Provided technical support for the creation of the Wanda Alston House, a transitional housing program for LGBTQ youth.
- Collaborated with the DC Public School System to improve school culture for LGBTQ students.
- Worked with the Department of Health to analyze data on the health of LGBTQ residents.
- Developed and delivered cultural diversity training to DC Government agencies.
- Produced a comprehensive resource directory of LGBTQ organizations, two electronic newsletters and several tip sheets about specific government service.