The Office of GLBT Affairs works in collaboration with an Advisory Committee, appointed by the Mayor, to define issues of concern to the GLBT community and find innovative ways of utilizing government resources to help address these issues. The Office’s core duty is to advice the Mayor, District Government, and the Council of the District of Columbia on issues affecting LGBT residents of Washington, DC.
The Office offers four primary services: Capacity Building, Community Outreach, Public Education and Public Policy Development and Advocacy. From March of FY11 to the end of the fiscal year, the Office of GLBT Affairs has focused its work in five primary issue areas to support the advancement of the Mayor’s four priorities, public safety, LGBTQ youth, government operations and policies, community engagement, and issues affecting Transgender residents.
In March of 2011 a new Director was appointed to oversee the operations of the Office. Under his leadership the Office of GLBT affairs has re-energized the LGBT community’s engagement with District Government and the Executive Office of the Mayor.