Staff Bio: Rea Carey

Rea Carey is one of the most respected leaders in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) movement. Through her leadership, Carey has advanced a vision of freedom for LGBTQ people and their families that is broad, inclusive and progressive.

She grounds her work solidly in racial, economic, gender and social justice. This approach to leadership has delivered results as diverse as: winning an LGBTQ-inclusive federal hate crimes prevention law; defeating multiple state anti-LGBT ballot measures; spotlighting discrimination against transgender people; winning marriage equality; building stronger support for fair immigration reform; centering reproductive rights, justice and abortion as LGBTQ issues and, successfully securing scores of changes in federal agency policies to attend to the needs of the LGBTQ community.

Prior to her work with the Task Force, Carey worked extensively in HIV/AIDS prevention, on issues affecting homeless and LGBTQ youth, and in organization and leadership development. She was a co-founder of Gay Men and Lesbians Opposing Violence (DC) and the founding executive director of the National Youth Advocacy Coalition. Carey is a Hunt Alternatives’ Prime Movers Fellow, served on the board of the Alliance for Justice, and currently serves on the boards of directors for the Flamboyan Foundation and the Freeman Foundation.

Rea Carey
Executive Director
Washington, DC