Gov. Jay Inslee has announced the appointments of 15 people to serve on Washington’s new LGBTQ Commission, which was signed into law by Inslee in April of last year to identify the needs of the LGBTQ community and advocate for equity and inclusion in all aspects of state government.

“It is incredibly important to have a commission focused on this needs of the LGBTQ community in our state,” Inslee stated. “The commission will be a valuable resource to all Washingtonians and provide recommendations and advice to my office, the Legislature and state agencies on issues important to all LGBTQ people.”

In August, J. Manny Santiago was named commission director. Among the new appointees are Josette Ross of the Nisqually Indian Tribe in Pierce County, Michelle Kelly-Barroga of the Oasis Youth Center in Pierce County, and Tobi Hill-Meyer of the Gender Justice League in Thurston County. Click here to view the full list of new appointees.

The appointees were chosen by the governor with input from members of the state House, Senate, and community stakeholders. Commissioners will serve three-year staggered terms.


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