Five artists of the Brooklyn Community Pride Center‘s “LGBTQ New Americans Project” were honored on Wednesday by City Councilmember Jumaane Williams for their hard work and advocacy on behalf of the LGBTQ community in Brooklyn:
- Rebecca Centeno, LGBTQ New Americans – Oral History Project
- Wilfredo Hernandez, LGBTQ New Americans – Oral History Project
- Jackie Yodashkin, LGBTQ New Americans – Oral History Project
- Sue-Elise Peebles, Artist & Activist
- Gabrielle Royal, Photographer & Fashion Blogger
“I am very proud to stand with my colleagues on behalf of Brooklyn and NYC’s LGBTQ communities in receiving this recognition from Council Member Williams,” said Hernandez, an award recipient and arts & culture group leader of Brooklyn Community Pride. “Artistic and cultural expression is a very powerful force in our lives and I thank the NY City Council, Council Member Brad Lander, and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs for supporting this project in its founding year,”
Since 2008, The Pride Center has provided a premier network of programs and services for the LGBTQ community in Brooklyn. The center has enabled the LGBTQ community to actively participate in positive, life-affirming activities.
The Brooklyn Center, in collaboration with Immigration Equality, developed this oral history project to document and share the unique stories of LGBTQ immigrants and refugees in Brooklyn. The goal of the project is to share video stories that humanize people, and help others understand the unique experiences of LGBTQ immigrants and refugees, who add to the American cultural landscape, and to Brooklyn in particular.
“The LGBTQ New Americans project is a fitting antidote to hostile political rhetoric that vilifies immigrants and refugees,” said Floyd Rumohr, executive director of Brooklyn Community Pride Center. “These videos reflect the incredible stories of LGBTQ people who contribute in immeasurable ways to our culture and understanding of the immigrant experience.”
Immigration Equality, has advocated for and represented members of the LGBTQ immigrant community since 1994. They are the only LGBTQ organization with a staff of immigration attorneys dedicated to providing legal assistance to LGBTQ, and HIV-positive immigrants