DC LGBTQ+ Budget Coalition

DC LGBTQ+ Budget Coalition

The DC Center is proud to be a part of the DC LGBTQ+ Budget Coalition. Being led by LGBTQ+ providers and leaders, the coalition is made up of representatives from LGBTQ+ and ally organizations to put pressure on Mayor Bowser and Chairman Mendelson in including LGBTQ+ issues into the 2022 budget. By ensuring that LGBTQ+ issues are a funding priority, it will allow for the expansion and protection of vital resources for the community in the D.C. area.

2020 was an incredibly difficult year. Many people in the LGBTQ+ community experienced financial disruption, housing insecurity, and an overall loss of community. Our community also experiences higher rates of poverty and food insecurity than the general population. As LGBTQ+ households – especially those headed by Black and Latinx LGBTQ+ people – continue to be disproportionately harmed by the pandemic, additional relief is necessary to support basic necessities for LGBTQ+ people and their families.

The coalition has four major areas of focus: Housing, LGBTQ+ Community Advocates & Coordinators, LGBTQ+ Resource & Community Center, and Commitment to Transgender/GNC Workforce. By focusing on housing, the coalition hopes to expand resources for LGBTQ+ people, particularly victims of domestic violence, Transgender/GNC folks, and seniors, by creating sustainable and permanent housing options. The LGBTQ+ Community Advocates & Coordinators section deals with allocating funds to realize the benefits of planned but not yet implemented programs and unfilled positions. The coalition also hopes to put into place a plan for a LGBTQ+ community center to ensure local LGBTQ+ organizations are in a central and accessible area. Lastly, the coalition requests to expand the Transgender/GNC workforce grant program for individuals over the age of 24 to aid those experiencing employment discrimination. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial that we place pressure on politicians to ensure the needs of our community are met.

We ask for people to join The DC Center and other LGBTQ+ organizations in securing these budget requests. For more information on the coalition and to learn ways you can support, visit: https://sites.google.com/view/dclgbtqbudget/home

Meet The Staff: Lizette

Selfie of Lizette.

Welcome Lizette to the DC Center! As the social media and advocacy intern this summer, she looks forward to celebrating Pride month and getting to meet others in the community. You can meet her at the DC Center on weekdays and some evenings.


Birthdate, Astro Sign

October 25 – Scorpio


Where are you originally from? 

I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, but I grew up in Portland, Oregon!


Why did you start working at the DC Center?

I always loved how social media could be used for advocacy, so I wanted to work in a position that would allow me to explore that further. I was also drawn to the DC Center because after being remote for the past year, I wanted to reconnect with people and foster community. 


What has been your favorite part about working at the DC Center?

Meeting and working with the staff!


What is your music anthem? 

Home by BTS


What is your favorite part about the LGBTQ+ community? 

Being able to find my second family


What is your favorite spot in DC and what do you do there? 

Unfortunately, I’ve never visited DC, but I’ve always wanted to see the cherry blossoms in person!


What is your favorite queer movie?  

The Handmaiden


What color would you paint the White House, given the chance?  



Who do you look up to in the queer community?

Roxane Gay and Audre Lorde