J.D. Melendez joined GLAD’s team as Public Information Manager in October 2018. J.D. has worked with the LGBTQ+ community for over 20 years. He has been part of the Neutral Zone, Sylvia’s Place, Public Allies-Americorps, New Alternatives for Homeless LGBT Youth, Triangle Community Center, was a founding member of FIERCE! and a 2012 Soulforce Equality Rider. J.D. was named as one of the 2015 Trans 100, an annual list naming 100 Trans activists working to better their communities. J.D. is also obsessed with all things Lin-Manuel Miranda.