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26 April 2006

It's Official!

I blogged about Jenifer's nomination here but her election is now official! Here's the press release:

HGLBTPC Elects Jenifer Poole as New President

“New president is first transgendered leader of a GLBT Political Caucus organization...”

HOUSTON, TEXAS – The Houston GLBT Political Caucus is pleased to announce the election of Jenifer Poole as the incoming HGLBTPC President. Jenifer is a native Texan moving to Houston in 1980. She has been active in the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender community since 1994. In addition to her new role as HGLBTPC President, she serves as secretary for the Unity Committee. She is an active HGLBTPC board member. Jenifer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. She operates her own consulting company specializing in organizational services and construction management. Jenifer’s detailed bio can be found at

“I am humbled by the confidence that this membership has in my abilities to lead the HGLBTPC. I recognize the huge responsibility in leading an organization that is so vital to our community. The HGLBTPC has given me tremendous opportunities to be involved and make a difference starting as a member, and then a board member and now as I assume the role of president,” said Jenifer Poole, incoming HGLBTPC President. “Our outgoing president, Maria Gonzalez, has done a tremendous job and I know I have big shoes to fill and I am confident as we have an extremely talented and dedicated board.” Jenifer will focus her efforts on membership growth, organizational visibility, database development, and voter identification work. Jenifer stated, “The most important work we can be doing is electing pro-equality candidates and we’ll build on our most recent successes.”

Maria Gonzalez, outgoing HGLBTPC president steps down after two and half successful years. Maria will focus on writing a second book on the intuitional history of Chicana/o literature. She will continue to be very active with the HGLBTPC. Maria stated, “I’m extremely pleased to see Jenifer assuming the role of president for the Caucus. I know that she will take the organization to the next level. The Caucus has seen significant accomplishments in a variety of areas over the last couple of years, which is keeping in line with our strategic plan. Jenifer is committed to seeing our growth continue and insuring that the HGLBTPC stays true to its intended mission.”

Jenifer assumes her new role starting with the next HGLBTPC meeting scheduled for Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at 7:00 p.m. “The election of Jenifer as our new president represents historical significance both at the local and national level. Jenifer is the first transgendered president of the HGLBTPC. She’s also the first transgendered president of a GLBT political group in the nation. Our board is focused on insuring the ‘T’ in GLBT is fully represented in this organization without exception,” said Tammi Wallace, HGLBTPC Vice President.

The HGLBTPC meets the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. The monthly meeting is held at 3400 Montrose, Suite 207. Parking is available in the building garage. Please inform the parking attendant that you are attending a meeting at the Community Center. Visitors are encouraged to attend the monthly meeting to learn more about the HGLBTPC. For more information about the Houston GLBT Political Caucus, Caucus events, or volunteer opportunities call 713-521-1000, email, or visit our web site at

Way to go, Jenifer!

  • On 4/26/2006 6:56 PM, Blogger DeniseUMLaw said…

    Yay, Jenifer!

  • On 4/27/2006 7:48 AM, Anonymous Jay Sennett said…

    Is Jennifer the first TG/TS person heading up a traditional LGBT org?


  • On 4/27/2006 7:57 AM, Blogger metrogeekboy said…

    I was always somewhat bummed about GBLT Houston politics and main events: mostly because many of the "GBLT" organizations [er, PRIDE COMMITTEE] were headed mainly by gay men and straight women.

    I did a count: out of 10 people, 3 are women [are they lesbians?] and one is transgendered. Is that an accurate representation of the gender/diversity distrubition in the GBLT community? Probably so.

    I should also quit whining, considering Jennifer made it on there. That's a great step for GBLT inclusion of our letter "T"! Go her!


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