Gloria Casarez

Gloria Casarez is Mayor Nutter’s liaison to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. From 1999 to 2008 she was the executive director of the Gay and Lesbian Latino AIDS Education Initiative (GALAEI), and she began working there in 1997. GALAEI is a harm-reduction health organization that focuses on improving the quality of life for Latinos and LGBT people, especially with respect to HIV/AIDS and other health-related issues. Gloria has actively worked in the areas addressing LGBT youth, anti-poverty, welfare rights, and LGBT and HIV/AIDS community organizing for the past 16 years. She is a founding organizer of Philadelphia Dyke March as well as a founding member of the board of directors of the House of Manolo Blahnik.