GLAA lobbies the D.C. Council; monitors government agencies; educates and rates local candidates; and works in coalitions to defend the safety, health and equal rights of LGBT families. GLAA remains the nation's oldest continuously active gay and lesbian civil rights organization.
President Guillaume Bagalis excited to serve as President of GLAA. He works in Public Policy at Whitman-Walker Health, and consults for The Center for Global Health and Diplomacy. He studied Biology as an undergraduate, received a master's degree in Sociology from East Carolina University in 2013, and a second master's in Health Administration and Policy from George Mason University in 2016. He served on the NIH Community Advisory Board for 2 years, and is a member of the HIV Working Group at the DC Center for the LGBT Community. Guillaume looks forward to applying his experience in the public and private sectors to continue GLAA's commitment to defend the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Washington, DC.
Vice President for Political Affairs John Beckeris an LGBT activist, writer, and blogger and is thrilled to be joining the GLAA team as vice president. Notable advocacy victories include a petition convincing performance venues across the country to cancel performances by singer Michelle Shocked after she delivered a homophobic tirade onstage; a successful international media campaign that resulted in Apple dropping a "gay cure" iPhone app; and a sting operation in which he went undercover with hidden cameras at the clinic co-owned by Marcus and Michele Bachmann and exposed them for offering fraudulent "ex-gay" therapy.
Becker has appeared in major print, broadcast, and cable media. He has served as a spokesman for Fair Wisconsin and on the boards of Vermont Freedom to Marry, Pride Vermont, and Vermont Gay Social Alternatives. In addition to his work as an LGBT rights activist, he is an accomplished classical musician, holding a master of music degree in vocal performance. John is excited to be a part of GLAA's venerable tradition of standing up for the LGBT citizens of Washington, D.C.
Vice President for Administration Nicholas Cicchinelliworks in international development on issues of human rights and democracy in the former Soviet Union. He holds a degree in international relations and Russian studies from Wheaton College (Norton, MA), where he was president of the LGBT Alliance and co-founder of a themed residence dedicated to LGBT advocacy.
Nicholas is also LGBT Co-Coordinator for the Vegetarian Society of DC and regularly volunteers with organizations working to advance environmental, civil rights, and social justice causes. A native of Albany, NY, Nicholas now lives in northwest DC following time spent abroad in Moscow, Russia and the Republic of Moldova. Nicholas uses the pronouns he/him/his.
Treasurer Gary Collinsis 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 attended Service Members Legal Defense Network Lobby Days to advocate for the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and as a member of American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER), served as treasurer for AVER's DC Chapter. He has been a member of GLAA for the last seven years. Gary lives in Northeast Washington, DC, with his partner of 17 years.