John Shields

In Memory of D.C. Activist Desi Deschaine

Filed By John Shields | July 15, 2009 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living

Desi Deschaine, a leading voice in D.C. politics and the communications director for D.C. Councilmember Jack Evans, has died. He was 29.

Deschaine's body was recovered Tuesday in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, after a weekend boating trip with friends and family. Baltimore Police say an autopsy is pending, but preliminary findings indicate no foul-play was involved.

In a statement, D.C. Councilmember Evans described Deschaine as

A bright, bubbly, enthusiastic, and wonderful person who you just could not help but love. He brought passion, energy and good spirits to everything and everyone he touched over the years. My staff and I share the grief of and extend our condolences to Desi's family and friends, and deeply mourn his untimely loss.

Besides being the communications director for Mr. Evans, Deschaine was a voting member of the D.C. Democratic State Committee, the vice-president of the Logan Circle Community Association, a committee representative for the D.C. Young Democrats and a member of the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club.

All the folks at Bilerico-DC salute Desi Deschaine for all he did to help the LGBTQ community, in our nation's capital as well as beyond the District of Columbia's borders. His voice will be missed.

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