(ATLANTA, GA) – June 2, 2016 – The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has appointed Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen, III to serve as Regional Chair of the DNC-LGBT Advisory Board (Southeast Region). The DNC-LGBT Advisory Board is the DNC’s effort to engage the LGBT community, to ensure that the country continues to evolve and embrace LGBT rights, and to diversify the political landscape. Bishop Allen is the first member of clergy to hold this title.

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The Advisory Board is designed to ensure full representation of the LGBT community within the Democratic Party. In an effort to fully represent the LGBT community in Democratic electoral politics, the DNC’s LGBT Advisory Board seeks to strategize the fight against conservative attempts to dismantle collective gains of advocacy and equality.

In joint consultation, the DNC-LGBT Engagement Director and the leadership of the LGBT Advisory Board will develop engagement strategies that best showcase the party’s support and inclusion of the LGBT community in order to grow the nation’s understanding of LGBT contribution to the wealth of a more culturally diverse society.

Currently, Bishop Allen is an active member of The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA), serves as the Presiding Bishop of the United Progressive Pentecostal Church Fellowship (UPPC), and is Senior Pastor of the Vision Cathedral of Atlanta. He is also the Executive Director of Vision Community Foundation Inc., a non-profit organization created to address socioeconomic and health gaps in the greater Atlanta community. In April 2015, the Georgia District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) awarded Bishop Allen the 2015 “LGBT Business Champion of the Year Award” for his strong advocacy of minority business initiatives and development.
Bishop Allen and his husband, Rashad Burgess, played an invaluable role in the’s GLAAD award nominated documentary titled Holler If You Hear Me: Black and Gay in the Church and were selected as the first Gay couple in Ebony Magazines “Top 10 Coolest Black Families”.
For more information on Bishop Oliver Clyde Allen III, visit,, and Twitter and Instagram at @BishopOCAllen.



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