GLAA 2014 Officers
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GLAA 2014 Officers


President Richard J. Rosendall previously served as president of GLAA for three years ending in January 1999, vice president for political affairs from 2000 through 2012, and secretary in 1981. He received GLAA's Distinguished Service Award in April 1999. He is a columnist for the Boston gay newspaper Bay Windows and for the Washington Blade. His work has appeared in Huffington Post,, Liberty Education Forum, and Metro Weekly. He co-founded the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, DC (GMCW) in 1981, served as its public relations director from 1985 to 1996, and received its Circle of Excellence Award in 1992. He was active with the Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses in the 1980s and 1990s, and attended its first five choral festivals. He produced benefit performances by the gay male vocal quintet The Flirtations for the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League in 1991. His interest in international activism led him to persuade both GLAA and GALA Choruses to join the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA), whose conferences he attended in 1993 and 1994. In 1996 he launched world wide web sites for GLAA and GMCW, and he continues to administer the GLAA site. He was a member of the NAACP-DC Metropolitan Police and Criminal Justice Review Task Force (1997-2010). He participated in "celebrity roast" fundraisers for DC's Black Lesbian and Gay Pride Day in 1996 and 1997. He is a member of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club. He wrote and officiated at a gay wedding ceremony for friends in October 1994. He was named a Community Pioneer by the Rainbow History Project in 2009, and received an award for Outstanding Service from The DC Center in 2011. He won an Excellence in Journalism Award from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association in 2015, taking third place in Opinion/Editorial Writing for his December 2014 commentary, "Cutting Holes in the Law." He is a native Washingtonian. (Photo by Patsy Lynch)

Vice President for Political Affairs

Vice President for Political Affairs Charles Butler [bio in preparation]

Vice President for Administration

Vice President for Administration Kevin Davis has been a GLAA member since 1998. He previously served as president and secratary.† Kevin†is employed by Host Hotels & Resorts, Inc., a Bethesda based real estate investment trust company.

Kevin is an "Unsung Hero"†awardee for the Mautner Project (2006). Mautner is a national lesbian health organization.†Volunteering since 1999†and in 2001-present Kevin has helped† coordinate Mautner's†annual GALA benefit. Mautner educates all women on women's health issues regardless of sexual orientation.


Secretary Saul Cruz is a native of Fairfax, Virginia, and initially became involved with GLAA after taking a personal interest in D.C. laws affecting same sex couples. Saul received his BA in Government and International Politics from George Mason University in 2006, graduating magna cum laude, and is currently pursuing an MA in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University. He lives in Northeast Washington, DC.


Treasurer Gary Collins is a native of Columbus, Ohio. He spent twenty years in the United States Navy deployed on aircraft carriers and worked as an a P-3 Orion aviation flight crew engineer, retiring from active duty in January 2000. He currently works at Joint Services Base Andrews as a commercial truck driver and fuels lab technician.

Gary has attended Service Members Legal Defense Network Lobby Days to advocate for the repeal of Donít Ask, Donít Tell, and as a member of American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER), served as treasurer for AVERís DC Chapter. He has been a member of GLAA for the last four years. Gary lives in Northeast Washington, DC, with his partner of 14 years.

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