On Wednesday, June 27, 2018, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted his office’s 8th annual LGBTQ & Allies Pride Awards Ceremony at Billy's Sports Bar in the South Bronx.
The event recognized the vibrant history and culture of the LGBTQ community and their contributions to the borough’s rich history and cultural landscape.
This year’s honorees included Audrey DeJesus, a longtime Bronx LGBT activist and leader; Jose Collazo, Site Manager for the SAGE Center Bronx; Dr. Douglas L. York, Chief Executive Officer of Union Community Health Center and Krishna Stone, Director of Community Relations at Gay Men’s Health Crisis.
In addition Hon. Paul G. Feinman, Associate Justice of the New York State Court of Appeals and highest openly gay Justice in New York State, was awarded the 2018 John Wade Award, which honors LGBTQ individuals for excellence in government service.
“These honorees have been not only great advocates in addressing the needs of our LGBTQ community in The Bronx and throughout New York City, but role models for all of us as well,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “I am proud to continue to stand with the LGBTQ community in The Bronx and beyond, and my office will continue to work to ensure that this borough and this city are welcoming and supportive of all communities.”
Above - New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul made a guest appearance.
Below - BP Diaz gives the John Wade Award to Judge Paul G. Feinman of the New York State Court of Appeals. Judge Feinman is the highest openly gay judge in New York State.