Mayor Peduto Makes Appointments to City's First-Ever LGBTQIA+ Commission

PITTSBURGH, PA (February 8, 2021) Mayor William Peduto is making appointments to the City’s new LGBTQIA+ Commission. 

The Mayor created a LGBTQIA+ Advisory Council in 2016, and under legislation he introduced in June he replaced it with a permanent commission within City Code. The commission will advise City government on plans and policy recommendations to address challenges facing the LGBTQIA+ community.  

The appointees will be introduced to Pittsburgh City Council tomorrow. They are: Kathi Boyle;  Denise DeSimone; Jam Hammond; William Hileman;  Sue Kerr; Councilman Bruce Kraus; Britton Mauk; Leonard Orbovich; Richard Parsakian; Dr. Christopher Robinson; Marcus Robinson; Sarah Rosso; Luca Salerno; Tiffini Simoneaux; Nekia Burton Tucker; the Reverend Deryck Tines; and Guillermo Velazquez. 

“This is a strong and impressive group, and will be extremely helpful in informing policies on LGBTQIA+ matters across City government,” Mayor Peduto said. 

The Mayor is also making appointments and reappointments to the Gender Equity Commission; the Shade Tree Commission; the Historic Review Commission; the Urban Redevelopment Authority; the Pittsburgh Land Bank; and the Art Commission. 



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Timothy McNulty
Communications Director
Mayor's Office