Deja Lynn Alvarez

Philadelphia City Council, At-Large

Deja will be the first trans woman elected in Pennsylvania


Deja Lynn Alvarez is an advocate, peer counselor, and representative of the Philadelphia Trans community. She is currently a System Navigator for the Health Federation of Philadelphia. 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 team member at the Trans Information Project of GALAEI.

Deja has served as a consultant to the City of Philadelphia on LGBTQ issues with the Office of LGBT Affairs and the Philadelphia Police Department; and she was, up until her announcement to run for City Council At-Large, a Commissioner on the Mayor’s Commission of LGBT Affairs. Deja serves as a member on the Philadelphia Police Liaison Committee, is a former Board member of the Liberty City LGBTQ Democrats, as well as a member of the Pennsylvania HIV Planning Committee, and a Board Member of the William Way LGBTQ Community Center.

Deja has also served as a co-chair of the annual Trans March in Philadelphia and chair of the annual Trans Day of Remembrance Memorial. She is a group facilitator at The Philadelphia AIDS Consortium’s Transformation Group and has facilitated groups at the Morris Home. She has been a lead consultant for Temple University on health disparities. And is the former Executive Director of the LGBTQ Home for Hope, Philadelphia’s first LGBTQ Shelter & Recovery Home.

LGBTQ history in the making: 

  • Will be the first trans woman elected in Pennsylvania.

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