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About 50 people joined the D.C. Coalition at a reception Sunday, April 9, introducing the community to the group’s new board members, elected last month. The casual affair, held at Fab Lounge at the corner of Florida and Connecticut avenues, NW, drew a number of supportive community members, alongside the Coalition’s membership. That sort of exchange is exactly what Brian Watson, the D.C. Coalition’s new president, says he is hoping for. While the Coalition works to promote the interests of the district’s black GLBT community, Watson says he’d like his group to partner more often with other community groups.
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”The Coalition has been somewhat stagnant,” says Watson. Though the D.C. Coalition has been around for nearly 30 years, it wasn’t till 2005 Million More Movement commemoration event in Washington that the group picked up momentum lost in the past few years. ”We’re looking to revitalize and reinvigorate. We want to collaborate with other organizations.”
Watson says he also simply wants to let newcomers to D.C. know of the group’s existence. Helping on that end is the group’s new Web site, www.dccoalition.com. For those wishing to learn more about the group, or get involved, the next general meeting will be held May 7, at 6:30 p.m., at Fab Lounge. For those who may be particularly eager to help, the D.C. Coalition is still looking for a number of board members. While Watson is joined by Sterling Washington as vice president, Stevynn E. Glass as recording secretary and Justin K. George as treasurer, the D.C. Coalition is still looking for a correspondence secretary and four at-large members.