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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: Seattle LGBT Commission Seeks Candidates
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
2/14/2013  12:45:00 PM
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Marta R. Idowu (206) 684-4540
Elliott Bronstein  (206) 684-4507


Seattle LGBT Commission Seeks Candidates

The Seattle LGBT Commission seeks applications from interested candidates for one vacant seat on the Commission. The Commission is a 16-member body that advises the Mayor, City Council, and City departments on issues that affect LGBTQ communities throughout Seattle. Commissioners have the opportunity to promote positive change by working with community groups and individuals to identify areas of concern, by making recommendations regarding policy and legislative changes, and by serving as liaisons between LGBTQ communities and city government. 

In 2013, the Commission plans to address a range of priority areas identified through community feedback and the findings from Snapshot Seattle, a citywide survey. These priority areas include support of LGBTQ elders and aging services; issues pertaining to LGBTQ immigrants, refugees, and asylees; education and outreach around intersectional identities; LGBTQ economic justice; issues of gender identity inclusion and access within the shelter system; outreach to the Seattle Police Department; increased awareness of LGBTQ youth support; and support for development of an LGBTQ community center. Additional information about the Commission’s 2013 Work Plan will be available online at http://www.seattle.gov/LGBT.

Appointment to the Commission is subject to confirmation by the City Council. Commissioners serve two-year terms, although may be appointed to fill the remainder of an existing term.

How to apply?  The deadline to apply for a seat on the Commission is March 7, 2013.  To apply, please submit a completed application form, along with a letter of interest, a resume, a short biography, and the area of Seattle in which you live. Click here to download the application. Application materials must be submitted by email to Marta Idowu at marta.idowu@seattle.gov by the deadline. 

Applicants must live or work in Seattle, and must be available for monthly public meetings on the third Thursday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 at Seattle City Hall in downtown Seattle. Applicants should possess demonstrated experience working or volunteering with LGBTQ communities, and are expected to have attended at least one Commission meeting or event within the past 12 months to learn more about the Commission’s work and process. Applicants are encouraged to attend the Commission’s February 21, 2013 meeting to learn more and meet Commissioners.

The City of Seattle is committed to promoting diversity in the City’s boards and commissions. The City welcomes applications from persons with disabilities, persons of color, persons of different faiths, immigrants, young persons and senior citizens, women, and sexual and gender minorities. 

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