About Us

The LGBTQ Democrats of Wake County works within the Wake County Democratic Party, to provide a strong voice and representation for LGBTQ people.  Our goal is to secure fully equal rights for all LGBTQ citizens through effective legislation and policies, to elect pro-equality Democrats to office, and encourage LGBTQ people to participate fully as Democrats at all levels of policy making and public service.


Rev. Clayton Brooks - President

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Clayton is a Baptist minister with a passion for social justice and a commitment to transforming society to be more fair and equitable. His work in activism has spanned electoral campaigns, fair budget policy, immigration reform, and LGBTQ rights. He organized the founding of the LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina in 2011. Clayton also managed the campaign which elected the first openly gay member to the North Carolina House of Representatives in 2010. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Religion from Harvard University and a Masters of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Currently a resident of Knightdale, Clayton is originally from Laurinburg, North Carolina.


Lisa Malachowsky - Vice President


Lisa is a newcomer to North Carolina but not a newcomer to LGTBQ activism. She had previously been involved in many aspects of the Democratic Party in Phoenix, AZ where she previously lived for ten (10) years. She served as precinct committee person and as the Vice President and Treasurer of the Arizona LGBTQ Democrats. She also served on the HRC Arizona Steering committee as the Federal Club Chairperson. She is a retired IT executive, and she received her Bachelor's Degree in Math/Computer Science from Vassar College. She proudly serves on her alumnae LGBTQ fundraising committee. She currently resides in Apex with her wife Bev and their furry family.