The Democratic National Committee voted last week to welcome six new LGBT members appointed by DNC Chair and Virginia Gov. Timothy Kaine. One of the new LGBT members includes black pride activist and political consultant Earl Fowlkes, "believed to be the only African American openly LGBT person" on the 447 member body.
The Washington DC-based Fowlkes is a member of the board of the Gay & Lesbian Leadership Institute, an arm of the Victory Fund, and president of the International Federation of Black Prides.
The DNC also welcomed Barbra Casbar Siperstein, a transgender woman to its ranks, "the first time that a major U.S. political party has appointed an openly transgender person to its national governing body," reports the Washington Blade. The other LGBT appointees include: Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund co-founder Terry Bean; Evan Low, a member of the Campbell (CA) City Council; Sheriff Lupe Valdez of Dallas; and Randi Weingarten of New York City, president of the American Federation of Teachers.