Equality Guam holds 1st membership meeting, elects board members

Equality Guam first general membership meeting. (Facebook photo)

A local LGBTQ non-profit organization that’s spearheaded by Lt. Governor Joshua Tenorio held its first general membership meeting last Saturday and elected its board members.

Equality Guam is a non-profit organization that works to oppose any and all forms of discrimination against any LGBTQ persons on Guam.

The non-profit organization also aims to collaborate with individuals, civil rights groups, and community-based organizations that work to protect persons from all forms of discrimination and bias based on gender, sexual preference, and gender identity.

During its meeting, the organization elected Todd Thompson, Lasia Casil, Bill Pesch, Dr.Melissa Taitano, Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio, Rebecca Respecio, and Public Auditor Bj Cruz to be members of the board.

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Lt. Governor Tenorio made a motion to approve the elected board and is also suggesting to reach out to the community to fill in vacancies.

I would suggest that we continue the outreach efforts to a number of individuals from Guam that would be excellent contributors to this organization,” Tenorio said.

Attorney Bill Pesch congratulated the newly elected board members.

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“I would like to congratulate us all and we look forward to having four more nominations to come forward so we can fill the board. Of all lovely members, so again thank you everybody,” Pesch said.

The non-profit is looking to fill 11 spots on the board.

In addition, the meeting also reviewed the executive actions signed by the Biden-Harris administration.

The panel included Lt. Governor Joshua Tenorio, Public Auditor BJ Cruz, Colorado State House Representative Leslie Herod, Pennsylvania State House Representative Brian Sims, Victory Institute Executive Director Ruben Gonzales, James Servino, and Sarah Warbelow, and Reggie Greer, the White House Director of Priority placement & Senior Advisor on LGBTQ+ engagement.