About Us

About Us

The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club is the voice of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Democrats in the District of Columbia. Established in 1976, Gertrude Stein is one of the oldest Democratic clubs in the District and is a founding chapter of the National Stonewall Democrats. The Gertrude Stein Democratic Club maintains active members in each of the 8 wards of the District of Columbia. Click here for the organization's by laws and click here for the group's mission.

Leadership

On November 9, 2020, the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club held its elections for its 2021 Board of Directors.  Our new leaders are:

Jatarious Frazier, President

Jatarious is a proud resident of Ward 5 and a DC government employee, serving all 8 wards of the District. He began his work in LGBTQ+ advocacy in Houston, Texas, where, as Vice President of the Houston Stonewall Young Democrats, he organized and mobilized young LBGTQ+ Democrats across the Greater Houston Area to support of pro-equality candidates and ballot initiatives such as the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). In this office, he also campaigned for Wendy Davis’ 2014 Gubernatorial campaign as well as Sylvester Turner’s 2015 Mayoral campaign. In 2015 Jatarious relocated to Washington, DC to intern in the office of the late Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. During this time, Jatarious became active with the DC Young Democrats and the DC Democratic Party.

In 2016, Jatarious was elected Secretary of the DC Young Democrats in a special election. In this capacity, Jatarious streamlined communications and worked to increase youth voter engagement across the District. In 2018, Jatarious was re-elected to continue this work. Also in 2018, he was elected as the Vice President of Administration for the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, where he has worked to improve the organization’s accounting processes, digital communications, and outreach. In 2019. Jatarious was re-elected to a second term as Vice President of Administration to continue his progress in improving the organization's operations and outreach.

In 2019, Jatarious was elected Second Vice Chair for the Ward 5 Democrats. In this role, has elevated the organization's fundraising operations, internal and external communications, and event programming. In the same year, under the direction of Chairman Charles Wilson, Jatarious reinstated the DC Democratic Party’s monthly newsletter and strategic calendar to improve intraparty communication as well as outreach. In addition to his various roles within the Democratic Party, Jatarious also serves as a board member of the DC Center.

 

Japer Bowles, Vice President for Legislative Affairs

Japer is currently the Treasurer of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C, in Adams Morgan. He began his electoral career toppling a 12 year incumbent by focusing on issues that matter most to his neighbors, building a robust volunteer infrastructure and being collaborative and creative with events. 

Japer is one of the founders and the current Chair of the ANC Rainbow Caucus, which now is an organization of 36 LGBTQ+ elected ANC Commissioners. In this role, he successfully led recent advocacy efforts that resulted in ~$2.7million in additional services and resources dedicated towards local LGBTQ+ residents, including funding for housing for LGBTQ+ youth and seniors, restoration of Office of Human Rights hate-crime staff, and a historic transgender workforce program.

He previously worked as the chief of staff for a Representative in the Missouri Legislature and at a top state and local advocacy firm. He now advocates full time on behalf of LGBTQ+ youth and the community at large. He lives with his partner Nick, loveable Kitty, and dozens and dozens of house plants. Once the COVID-19 Health Emergency has ended, you will likely see him doing karaoke, canvassing for a local campaign/fundraiser, or patronizing the food and beverage on 18th Street NW.

 

Heidi Ellis, Vice President for Administration

Heidi began her career in the public sector as a political appointee on the state level in New Jersey then in the Obama Administration at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), where she was also a member of the White House LGBTQ+ and African American kitchen cabinets, and she was listed on the Victory Fund’s list of out appointees. After working diligently to advance the policies and engagement initiatives of the USEPA and White House, she transitioned to the private sector and began a career in education policy and organizational management at EducationCounsel. She is the founder and CEO of HME Consulting & Advocacy, a DC-based company which utilizes deep experience in policy, strategy, and stakeholder engagement to build coalitions and advance policy initiatives that address issues of intersectionality within the LGBTQ+ community.

 She is a dedicated advocate who prioritizes social and racial justice. She carries this passion into all her work, including her role with local organization Strength in Our Voices, where she serves as Director of Development and Partnerships. Here she is committed to elevating issues which sit at the nexus of mental health, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people of color. She believes in amplifying voices of color to ensure equitable practices and programming and works with several local and national organizations on these efforts. She is a trusted voice and leader in this space for her strategic, behind-the-scenes work to push organizations to think differently about centering voices of color to drive meaningful change.

 

Heidi is originally from Princeton, NJ. She earned a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Heidi resides in Ward 6 with her fiancé, Erin Patterson, and their dog.

 

 

Detrick Campbell, Treasurer

Detrick is a native Washingtonian from the Petworth Neighborhood. He served the residents of DC on the Federal and DC Government throughout his undergraduate career: in the Office of the City Administrator, Detrick analyzed and collected performance data for District agencies; he assisted in the operations of the Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton --and, participated in her legislative portfolio as a member of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform; in 2015, Detrick help serve his home Ward 4 as a field intern in the Office of Brandon Todd.

After graduating from George Washington University in 2018, he served as an Associate Director of Scheduling and Advance for Mayor Bowser. In 2019, he helped get Democrats elected in Virginia. Currently, Detrick works to oversee the budget of the Institute of Peace as a budget assistant. Detrick is a former Neighborhood Commissioner from the Foggy Bottom and West End Neighborhood, focusing on community development, transportation, and feedback on government programs and policies, and a member of the Rainbow Caucus.

Recently, Detrick assisted a coalition of LGBTQ+ nonprofits and organizations in analyzing and advocating budget changes in the District. This effort led to the District allocating more than $2 million for LGBTQ+ specific issues in the DIstrict. He also crafts policy position papers and statements that have earned recognition from the Washington Teachers’ Union’s, One Fair Wage, Greater Greater Washington, and Victory Fund. His work has been featured in the GW Hatchet, Washington Post, and Georgetowner.

A proud Benjamin Banneker Academic High School alum, Detrick went to the George Washington (GW) University for a Bachelor’s in Economics and Political Science and is now pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy focusing on regulation and economic policy at GW. Detrick is a Capricorn that hates standard time because it becomes dark too early

 

Madeleine Stirling, Secretary

Madeleine has lived in DC since 2014 and currently resides in Petworth with her husband and their many plants. She is passionate about harm reduction, access to health care and housing, and LGBTQIA+ rights. Madeleine applies her Project Management Professional certification to organizing with several local groups to make DC an equitable place for all residents. She was an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner in Ward 2 and graduated from Smith College. Madeleine grew up in Connecticut, the oldest of four siblings. taurus/cancer/pisces, she/her.