Longtime transgender activist Ruby Corado, the founder and
current executive director of the D.C. LGBTQ community services center Casa
Ruby, announced on Monday in a Facebook posting that she plans to step down as
Casa Ruby’s leader around the middle of 2022.
“In 1 year and a half I will step down from Casa Ruby LGBT
Community Center so I can focus on my Trans Global Institute, my new business
and make room for new trans leadership!” she stated in her Facebook post.
“I have made a personal promise to myself when I started the
organization that I wanted to build a strong foundation,” Corado told the
Washington Blade on Wednesday. “I never in my wildest dreams imagined that I
will be here forever,” she said.
“And when I founded it almost 10 years ago, I said I’m going to
do ten years of my life for the community and next year it’s going to be ten
years,” said Corado, who noted that she opened Casa Ruby’s first drop in center
and headquarters facility near Howard University in Northwest D.C. in 2012.
She said she plans to remain involved with Casa Ruby after
leaving as executive director, most likely as a member of its board of
directors. She will also continue one project she has started over two years
ago — consulting firm called the Trans Global Institute, through which she
provides advice and capacity building support for others in the process of
creating trans and LGBTQ supportive groups similar to Casa Ruby in the U.S. and
According to Corado, she also plans to launch a cooperative food
and meal delivery service business to provide prepared meals to members of the
In what is likely to raise eyebrows among D.C.’s political
establishment, Corado said she is strongly considering running for a seat on
the D.C. Council in about three years, in part, because she feels city
officials have failed to make good on longstanding promises to provide needed
support for the trans community.
“Today more than ever I am convinced that the Council and the
administration are not here to even attempt to address some of the critical
issues people are facing,” Corado said. “I want to run for an at-large seat. I
want to prepare myself, but I want people to know my intentions,” she said.
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