Deja Lynn Alvarez
for City Council


Phone: 215-515-0717

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Meet Deja Lynn Alvarez

Like many Philadelphians, I’ve utilized our city’s services. I’ve been a part of the system, both as a recipient and as someone who has worked on the inside.

Philadelphians deserve so much more, but our systems hold us back as a city. Inefficient management of city programs prevents both citizens and small businesses from taking advantage of the opportunities our city has to offer, and because of this, both people and businesses suffer. Philadelphia could thrive. It could be prosperous - not only for the few but for the many. What are we truly doing to address our poverty rate and drive economic growth for everybody?

I’m running for City Council to make Philadelphia work better for citizens and for small businesses. By improving government efficiency and strengthening our economy we can - within seven years - slash unemployment, eliminate street homelessness, improve our addiction crisis, and make Philadelphia look and feel like a world-class city.

I want us to build a better Philadelphia by building better opportunities for all.

Experience & Qualifications

I am an advocate, peer counselor and representative of the Philadelphia Trans community. I am also a System Navigator for the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Health and a Commissioner on the Mayor’s Commission of LGBT Affairs. I am 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.

I work as a consultant to the City of Philadelphia on Trans issues including the Office of LGBT Affairs and the Philadelphia Police Department. I serve as a member on the Philadelphia Liaison Committee, as well as a member of the Pennsylvania HIV Planning Committee and a Board Member of the William Way LGBTQ Community Center.

I have served as a co-chair of the annual Trans March in Philadelphia and Chair of the annual Trans Day Of Remembrance Memorial. I am a group facilitator at The Philadelphia AIDS Consortium’s Transformation Group and have facilitated groups at the Morris Home. Previously, I was the Executive Director of the LGBTQ Home for Hope where I was able to get the first LGBTQ specific shelter and recovery program in the city up and running.

In 2015, I was awarded the Jaci Adams award from Philly Pride. In 2016, I was awarded Person of the Year from the Philadelphia Gay News, among other awards for my life’s work and dedication to trans and LGBT causes.

"Women belong in all places where decisions are being made... It shouldn't be that women are the exception."
—Ruth Bader Ginsburg


Deja believes in listening to all viewpoints, even the unpopular ones. We can't learn if we don't listen.

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My Vision

I want us to build a better Philadelphia by building better opportunities for all.

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