John M. Becker

Jerame Davis Named Interim ED of Pride at Work

Filed By John M. Becker | June 12, 2014 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: announcements, congratulations, Jerame Davis, Pride at Work

jerame-davis-bilerico-headshot.jpgToday is a proud day for the Bilerico family: Jerame Davis, our co-founder and webmaster, has been named interim executive director of Pride at Work!

The group announced the news this morning via press release:

Pride at Work, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) constituency group of organized labor, has selected Jerame Davis as the interim Executive Director for the organization. Davis will begin his new responsibilities at Pride at Work's headquarters in Washington, DC, immediately...

Davis is a long-time LGBT and progressive activist with a background in communications and technology. Originally from the southern Indiana city of Columbus, Davis became acquainted with Pride at Work in Bloomington, IN after a local chapter got involved in a wrongful termination case Davis and his partner were battling. He served a short time as vice president of that chapter before going on to found the first LGBT equality organization in his hometown and serving as one of its first co-chairs. Davis later founded Indiana's first LGBT direct action group and served on the boards of Indiana Equality and the Indiana Stonewall Democrats.

It was through his work at Indiana Stonewall Democrats that he received an offer to join the staff at National Stonewall Democrats in 2010, which brought him to Washington, DC. In 2011, Davis became the Executive Director of National Stonewall Democrats and led the organization through the 2012 election cycle. Late in 2013, he joined the Communications Workers of America as the Field Coordinator in the Legislative Department and will be leaving his position there to join Pride at Work's team.

"Longtime readers of the Bilerico Project know that my passion in the LGBT equality movement has always revolved around workers' rights and non-discrimination protections," Jerame tells Bilerico. "Bil [Browning] and I started this website, in large part, to talk about the rights of LGBT people to have a job, a home, and to live their lives free of discrimination.

"I'll continue to bring the same focus and passion to leading Pride at Work through this transitional period."

Pride at Work co-presidents Lori Pelletier and Shane Larson lauded Davis's appointment, praising his leadership and experience running a national, chapter-based organization.

Congratulations to Jerame on this new position, and to Pride at Work for making such a wise choice. I can't wait to see what this new adventure holds for both!


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