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NEWSDAY QUEENS PROFILE / Joseph DeFilippis

ROLE

Director of Senior Action in a Gay Environment/Queens, a social service

program of the Forest Hills Community House that assists lesbian, gay, bisexual

and transgender senior citizens; coordinator of the Queer Eco- nomic Justice

Network, a coalition of gay and antipoverty organizations working to address

poverty and the impact of welfare reform on the LGBT community; member of New

York State LGBT Health and Human Services Network.

BIOGRAPHY

32; born, raised in Flushing; graduated from Vassar College and received a

master's degree in social work from Hunter College School of Social Work;

joined SAGE as graduate school intern.

RESIDENCE

Apartment in Harlem.

FOCUS

"Through my work, both at SAGE and at QEJN, I'm trying to do work in the

gay community that's not just about gay rights. My goal is to work on gay

rights as part of a larger social change agenda. Poverty is a widespread

problem and the way seniors, both heterosexual and homosexual, are treated in

this country is also a widespread problem. I am trying to make links between .

. . communities."

CONCERN

"The fact that poverty is not discussed in this country by the two major

candidates for the presidency-they don't even pretend to give lip service to

it. Also, I see how isolated gay seniors really are. And the gay community has

only recently taken on senior issues. Gay seniors do not have nursing homes,

assisted living or retirement communities that are safe, welcoming

environments."

WHY HE'S INVOLVED

"Because I was raised by parents who were politically aware and encouraged

me to scratch the surface. My philosophy on life is that we . . . need to take

care of each other."

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