UAC Program Partner GALAEI Mourns Loss of Gloria Casarez

October 20, 2014

The Urban Affairs Coalition (UAC) joins our Program Partner GALAEI, the LGBT community and the city of Philadelphia in mourning the loss of Gloria Casarez. Gloria served as the Executive Director of GALAEI from 1999 until 2008, tirelessly fighting and advocating for LGBT rights. Before joining GALAEI, Gloria’s passion for equality led her to become the coordinator at the LGBT Center at the University of Pennsylvania. Her continued efforts and fierce determination were recognized by the city when she was appointed the first Director of Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs.

During her time at the city’s Office of LGBT Affairs, Gloria developed policies that helped launch Philadelphia to a number two ranking in LGBT equality according to the Human Rights Campaign Equality Index. Gloria received multiple awards commemorating her dedication to the LGBT community including the Community Service Award from the NAACP, the Cheryl Ingram Advocate for Justice Award from the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Kiyoshi Kuromiya Award for Justice from Philadelphia FIGHT. “Gloria was a fun, serious, strong and kind person who always wanted to do more for others and who fought for equality of rights for all people,” said Mayor Michael Nutter in a statement released this morning.

We at UAC send our deepest sympathy to Gloria’s family, friends, and her wife, Tricia. In response to this tragic news, current GALAEI Executive Elicia Gonzales released a statement remembering Gloria’s contributions to the organization and the community at large. Click here to read Elicia’s letter, A Goodby to Gloria