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.
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.
Apartment in Harlem.
"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."
"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
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."