LGBTQ+ Affairs

Issues of gender identity and sexuality inform many aspects of policymaking, from housing to healthcare and beyond. Ward 1 and the District have a deep history of welcoming members of the LGBTQ+ community and a strong network of organizations that serve and celebrate them.

At my request, the Council held its first-ever public roundtable on street harassment, which often targets members of the LGBTQ+ community, among others. As chair of the Committee on Public Works & Operations, I helped facilitate passage of legislation to create a Black Queer History Commission to document DC’s Black LGBTQ+ history.

In 2025, the District will host World Pride, with over 3 million people expected, a chance to celebrate our vibrant LGBTQ+ community and showcase the District. As chair of the committee with oversight of the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ+ Affairs, I will be working to ensure there’s a clear and transparent plan for spending and distribution of funds, while ensuring there’s no reduction in the vital services members of the community expect throughout the year.

Today as members of the D.C. Council wear purple for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau introduced the Alimony Justice for Injured Spouses Amendment Act of 2018 or "Elaine's Law" to protect spouses from having to pay alimony, legal fees and other spousal support to their abusers in divorce proceedings. The bill is co-introduced by Councilmembers David Grosso and Anita Bonds.

Councilmember Nadeau introduces bill to ensure gender nonconforming individuals can obtain accurate identification

WASHINGTON – Today, Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne K. Nadeau introduced a bill to allow District residents to select a non-binary gender option on their licenses, learner’s permits, or ID cards issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. The bill will allow residents to indicate their gender as non-binary, designated with an X instead of M or F. The bill was co-introduced by Councilmembers David Grosso, Robert C. White, Jr., Charles Allen, Elissa Silverman, and Mary Cheh. It was co-sponsored by Councilmembers Jack

Majority of D.C. Councilmembers sign onto effort to increase public safety

Washington – Today, Ward 1 D.C. Councilmember Brianne Nadeau introduced legislation that aims to target and eradicate street harassment in the District through education, awareness, data collection and culture change. The Councilmember spearheaded the first-ever Council roundtable on street harassment in December 2015 to bring attention to an experience that is all too common for many District residents. The bill is co-sponsored by Councilmembers Silverman, Grosso, Allen, Evans, R. White, and T. White.

This has been a difficult week both nationally and in Ward 1. Our hearts go out to the victims of the Orlando shootings, whose lives were tragically cut short by gun violence targeting the LGBT and Latino community. Closer to home, on Tuesday there were two separate violent incidents involving guns, just blocks apart on 14th Street – one young man killed in the 2900 block of 14th St and two young men shot at Girard and 14th. Yesterday MPD also responded to a fight involving youth at 14th and Irving. I know many Ward 1 residents are concerned about