Joseph L. Kolb, a native of Washington, DC, is a graduate of Maryland Institute College of Art with a bachelor’s degree in fine arts and a minor in graphic design. He is the founder and president of The Graphic Issue, Design & Illustration, a design and marketing studio, in business for over 25 years.
In 1976, a group of thirteen people got together to start the Gay Hotline of DC, and that is where he met his husband, Michael P. Hoagland. They both volunteered for the Hotline for eight years until it was absorbed into the Whitman-Walker Health Clinic.
For 15 years he served on the board of the Capital Area Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CAGLCC), formerly known as PEN, Potomac Executive Network. During this time he also worked on the Annual EXPO for the CAGLCC and for six years, was Director of Membership for the Chamber.
During the 90s, for two years, Mr. Kolb was the parish representative to the Board of ECRA, the Episcopal Caring Response to Aids. With ECRA, he was proud to be on one of the teams laying out the “Quilt” the last time it was on the National Mall.
From 2006-2009 he worked with Reel Affirmations, DC’s LGBT Film Festival, designing the print version of the film festival’s final brochure, along with all the advertising for the festival.
Mr. Kolb has been happy to provide pro-bono design work for a number of LGBT organizations, including two years of design work for SMYAL’s Annual Brunch and a redesign of TAGG magazine, a publication with outreach to the lesbian community of Washington, DC.
Since December 2015, he has been Convener of Integrity Palm Beach, an official organization of the Episcopal Church that includes women and men, single and partnered, who are members of the LGBTQ community and their allies.
In May, 2016, Mr. Kolb and a number of welcoming faith communities in Palm Beach County, came together to form The InterFaith Gender and Sexuality Coalition, who’s mission is to advocate peacefully for justice and equality for LGBTQIA people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, queer, questioning, intersex and allies) within the many faith communities of Palm Beach County, Florida. He now serves as Assistant Director of the organization.
For the last 2 years he has been proud to serve on the LGBT Technologies Partnership’s board, and looks forward to many more years with this organization.
Mr. Kolb has been happily married to his husband, Michael, for seven years, and this year they will have been together for an incredible thirty nine years. They now reside in Lake Worth, Florida.