Deja will be the first out trans Latina elected to a legislature in US history!
Deja Lynn Alvarez is an award-winning transgender advocate and activist with a long history of representing and serving LGBTQ communities in Philadelphia. Currently, Ms. Alvarez works in Public Health and Politics. She is the Director of Community Engagement for World Healthcare Infrastructures and the LGBTQ Care Coordinator for the department of Public Health. A core Trainer and Educator for the Transgender Training Institute. She is the first trans woman in the state of Pennsylvania to run for public office. In 2019 Ms. Alvarez ran for City Council At Large where she placed in the top 10 of 30+ candidates. Deja has served in leadership roles for several local organizations, including: Mayor Kenney’s Commission of LGBT Affairs and the Philadelphia Office of LGBT Affairs, board of directors Liberty City Democrats, Former co-chair of the annual Trans March in Philadelphia and co-founder and director of the first LGBTQ specific shelter and recovery facility The LGBTQ Home for HOPE. She is currently the President of The Women’s March on Philadelphia, on the board of directors of The William Way community center, Chairwoman Philadelphia Police Liaison Committee, and Chairwoman for International Trans Day of Remembrance. She is one of the founding members of the Trans Wellness Program at Mazzoni Center, a co-founder and former facilitator of Sisterly Love (a Trans support and skill-building program by and for transgender women), and a former coordinator for the Trans Information Project of GALAEI. In recognition of her leadership and dedication to Philly’s LGBTQ communities, Ms. Alvarez has won several awards.