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The Mayor’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Advisory Committee was formed in 2015 and collaborates with the Mayor’s Office to advance social, economic and political equality and justice for the Huntington LGBT community. The objective of the committee is to forge positive relationships between the LGBT community and other groups, resulting in enhanced quality of life and economic development opportunities for all of Huntington’s citizens.

Committee Members

The Rev. Timothy S. Dixon
Joyce Gibson
Justin Murdock
Alex O’Donnell
Jan Rader
Kat Williams (chairwoman)

LGBT Liaison to the Mayor

Kat Williams serves as LGBT Liaison to the Mayor in addition to her role as chairwoman of the committee. The liaison advises the mayor on LGBT issues on the local, state and national levels. He or she also works with community groups to advance and advocate for policies that affect the LGBT community and to eliminate bigotry, discrimination and prejudice on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in the City of Huntington. This is established through personal contact of the liaison with community leaders, residents, businesses and nonprofit organizations. He or she also serves as a direct conduit for LGBT individuals and their allies with any municipal or quality of life issues they may encounter. Williams can be reached by emailing williamskath@marshall.edu.

LGBT Liaison to the Huntington Police Department

The Rev. Timothy S. Dixon, senior pastor of the First Congregational United Church of Christ, serves as the LGBT Liaison to the Huntington Police Department. In this role, Rev. Dixon advises the chief of police on issues of importance to the LGBT community and serves to facilitate communication between the Police Department and the LGBT community. Rev. Dixon also serves to provide factual information to the LGBT community in connection with police operations. Dixon can be reached by calling 304.522.2681 or emailing timsdixon@comcast.net.

“Open to All” Outreach Campaign

Huntington is a city that celebrates its culture and values that honor diversity. That is the message that Mayor Steve Williams, local business owners and members of the Mayor’s LGBT Advisory Committee strive to achieve through the “Open to All” outreach campaign.

The purpose of the campaign is to promote an inclusive environment for all people in the City of Huntington. It was developed by the Mayor’s LGBT Advisory Committee and is supported by members of the Chamber of Commerce. The “Open to All” campaign encourages individuals, enterprises and organizations in the City of Huntington to celebrate the culture and diversity of race, religion, ethnicity, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. As a symbol of maintaining this environment, business owners and organizations display “Open to All” stickers in their windows.

Free brochures and stickers of the “Open to All” logo are available to any Huntington-based business or organization in the Mayor’s Office, located in Room 8 at City Hall, 800 5th Ave., or at the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce, located at 1108 3rd Ave., Suite 300.