The LGBT Democrats of Wake County work within the Wake County Democratic Party, to provide a strong voice and representation for LGBT people. Our goal is to secure fully equal rights for all LGBT citizens through effective legislation and policies, to elect pro-equality Democrats to office, and encourage LGBT people to participate fully as Democrats at all levels of policy making and public service.
Matthew Glenn - President
Matthew is a software developer living in Raleigh, North Carolina. He grew up in the Tar Heel State and earned his bachelor’s degree in Political Science from NC State University. He has been active in the Democratic Party and state politics since 2013 when he worked as intern for the State Treasurer's legislative liaison, in 2014 working as the Data Director for the North Carolina Democratic Party, and in 2015 as a board member, vice president and current president of the Wake County LGBT Democrats.
Wes Tripp - Vice President
Wes lives in Raleigh, NC and is a third-year law student at Campbell University School of Law. Wes was born and raised in eastern North Carolina where he grew up before earning his bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
Wes is active in local Democratic Party politics having formerly served as the Eastern Regional Vice President of the Young Democrats of North Carolina and currently serves as Chair of the Fourth Congressional District Democratic Party. After passing the bar exam, Wes hopes to clerk for a local appellate judge before continuing work in the public sector.
Candis Cox - Board Member
Candis Cox is an LGBTQ activist, lecturer, and TV personality, who, in her role as a board member for Equality NC—a leading voice for LGBTQ equality in North Carolina—is the only transgender person to have met with the former North Carolina Governor, Pat McCrory, to advocate against his Anti-LGBTQ “bathroom bill” H.B.2.
While she lives with her husband in Raleigh, N.C., Candis travels across the state and country to talk with a variety of audiences about her unique life-experiences as not only a member of the LGBTQ community, but also as a strong advocate for North Carolinians and Americans who encounter injustice and discrimination in any of its many forms. She believes that it is her life's mission to be as visible as possible as a transgender woman of color so that Society can be educated and thus more inclusive of all LGBTQ people.
Micah Beasley - Board Member
Will Miles - Secretary
Clayton Brooks - Treasurer
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 LGBT rights. He organized the founding of the LGBTQ Democrats of North Carolina in 2011. Clayton also managed the campaign which elected the first openly LGBT 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.