Who We Are
The Seattle LGBTQ Commission consists of 16 representative residents of Seattle appointed to serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor, City Council, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and other Seattle City departments. Seven commissioners are appointed by the Mayor and seven appointments are made by the City Council. The Commission appoints the 15th member. Commissioners are appointed to a two year term of office and serve without pay. A 16th member joins the Commission each year through Get Engaged, a leadership development program for 18-29 year olds.
The Seattle Office for Civil Rights provides staff and support to the Commission.
Meet Our Commissioners
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Anders McConachie is a queer/trans/FTM who is a enthusiastic advocate for the LGBTQIA community. He grew up in Dallas Texas and received his BA degree in central Florida studying Digital Art with a focus in Sound. He has been an advocate since his days co-founding the GSA in high school, lobbying for the protections of LGBTIQ youth in school with the help of GLSEN. He continued his advocacy through college and in Seattle looking more specifically at intersectional issues and the under-served parts of the population. He has worked in a variety of support positions for a variety of businesses and non-profits across the city, but has always been active in the arts and with the LGBTIQ++ community. He helped create ECHO (Equality Coalition for Housing and Opportunity) and continues to be active with a core group of individuals with the focus of addressing homelessness in the LGBTIQ++ community.
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Deb Salls grew up in Minneapolis and have lived in St Louis and Chicago and moved to Seattle for her position as Executive Director at Bike Works. She has a BA in Socio-cultural Anthropology and a M.Ed. in Youth Development Leadership from the University of MN, as well as a M.A in Nonprofit Management from Washington University in St Louis. She has spent the past twenty years in youth development work and nonprofit management. Helping young people to become better leaders, explore their communities and expand their world view has been a theme in her life and career. She is passionate about social justice for our communities, youth empowerment, leadership development, civic engagement, our environment and social innovation. She has served on a number of non-profit boards and city taskforces over the years including LGBTQ boards, advisory, activist groups over the years.
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Freddy bleeds purple and gold, earning his undergrad degree from the University of Washington Foster School of Business in 2009, and Master of Science in Information Management this past Spring 2016. He is currently a doctoral student within UW's Information School, while maintaining to stay heavily committed to the greater campus community though faculty council representation and as a board member for the Multicultural Alumni Partnership. Having previous experience working with on-campus body governments, and lobbying in Olympia for higher education, he has a passion for higher education attainment and accessibility. He hopes to bring that same commitment for higher education to the work he does as commissioner. Along with higher education, public safety and community wellness and resource support are other key interests of his. If you see him around, say hi!
Luzviminda Uzuri "Lulu" Carpenter
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Luzviminda Uzuri "Lulu" Carpenter is a community advocate, consultant, and public speaker for social reform encouraging community building, anti-violence and youth homelessness and incarceration prevention programs in Seattle for ten years. Her expert knowledge has built programs for the Asian Pacific Islander Women & Family Safety Center (now API Chaya), Communities Against Rape and Abuse (CARA, previously an affiliate chapter of INCITE! Women & Trans People of Color Against Violence!), Franklin High School Community Projects, YouthCare, and YouthSource.
As a femme queer womyn of color of filipin@ & black mixed ancestry, Lulu is committed to the empowerment of marginalized communities through developing anti-Oppression curriculums and training, being a voice for Media Justice, and creating gender and cultural productions to motivate and inspire youth & young adults who have experienced trauma & sexual violence. Currently, she advises Roots Young Adult Shelter Change Team and Peace on the Streets By Kids on the Streets (PSKS) and produces shows at Hollow Earth Radio (HER) including #LuluNation + #SadBoisHypeClub Talk Show, a queer and trans people of color project in the Central District.
Lulu’s goals for the Seattle LGBTQ Commission include contributing to the creation of policies that build solutions based on people's lived experiences; who identify at the intersections of the low-income, working class, LGBTQ, people of color, immigrant, and refugee communities.
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Manuel Venegas is an HIV-positive, first generation Mexican-American, gay community advocate in the HIV & AIDS field. Ranging from local community-level work to national-level ambassadorship in the field, he is a member of the defeat HIV Community Advisory Board at Fred Hutch. He educates the community about the HIV cure research at Fred Hutch, raises awareness of HIV criminalization, and elder needs for healthcare reform. He also advocates for youth in San Francisco as a Pedro Zamora Young Leaders Scholar at the National AIDS Memorial Grove.
Manuel has been active in advocacy at the collegiate level for the last three years, primarily advocating on Trans rights issues pertaining to safety as well as creating safe places for LGBTQ student advocates to move administration to address issues on student government bodies. Manuel is a Washingtonian, who was born and raised in Moses Lake and enjoys track and field, tennis, and sailing the waters of the Puget Sound.
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Yani Robinson is a trans writer and Baltimore transplant currently studying creative writing at UW. His favorite contemporary poets include Tracy K. Smith, Joe Wenderoth, and Randall Mann. His mother is a Thai immigrant, and he identifies much like a kathoey - living his gender through performance. He works as a community organizer for Lion's Main Art Collective, a queer and trans interdisciplinary artist collective, and Gender Justice League, a trans rights organization. An intersectional feminist advocate for communities of color and LGBTQ persons, he hopes to become a writing teacher in the public school and prison system. Yani believes in grassroots solutions and empowering those most oppressed by class, race, or gender identity to reform broken institutions.