Amber Hikes resigns from Philly Office of LGBTQ Affairs

Rachel Kurland
July 09, 2019 - 2:02 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Amber Hikes, executive director of the city's Office of LGBT Affairs, has announced she will resign after more than two years in the position.

Hikes shared the news on social media Tuesday, noting she will leave at the end of the month.

"When I stepped into this role in March 2017, our community was in crisis. What we have accomplished together since then truly humbles me and stands as an example of the resilience, strength, and power of our communities," she said.

During her time with the office, Hikes most notably added black and brown stripes to the LGBTQ flag to represent people of color, launched the LGBTQ Community Leadership Pipeline to diversify leadership in nonprofits, started the annual LGBTQ State of the Union, created gender-neutral language in the Philadelphia Home Rule Charter, and most recently worked with the Philadelphia Police Department and members of the transgender and non-binary communities to guide officers in how to interact with trans and non-binary people.

"Amber has been a fearless advocate and public servant, working tirelessly to support Philadelphia’s LGBTQ community from within City government for the past two years," said Mayor Jim Kenney in a statement. "She has also been a critical sounding board on issues of diversity and inclusion spanning across numerous marginalized communities."

Hikes has not said what her plans are next. The city is currently accepting applications to fill the position.