10 Years of LGBTQ+ Pride at Good Shepherd

At Good Shepherd Services, we are proud to support and uplift our LGBTQ+ community during Pride Month and every month. This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Good Shepherd LGBTQ+ Workgroup. In the last decade, we’ve been committed to advocating for intersectional LGBTQ+ rights and liberation through educational and community-based events.

We are immensely proud of Denise Hinds, Chief Program Officer for Youth and Family Well-Being, for being named a 2022 LGBTQ+ Power Player by PoliticsNY in recognition of her leadership of the LGBTQ workgroup and creating a culture of awareness, acceptance, and celebration. In her words, Pride Month is “about speaking up and speaking out when- and wherever possible, not just waving a flag or wearing a rainbow shirt.” Read more: https://bit.ly/3Ove4yL

Here’s a look back at how we commemorated 10 years of Pride at Good Shepherd.

Celebrating 10 Years of Pride!

● ???????? ????? ???????+ ?? ???/????: On Saturday, June 11, our staff ran alongside community members in a Brooklyn Pride LGBTQIA+ 5K Run/Walk in Prospect Park, co-sponsored by Brooklyn Pride and Front Runners New York and presented by Maimonides Medical Center. The event raised money for Brooklyn’s LGBTQIA+ community as well as local non-profit organizations that provide direct support services to the LGBTQIA+ community.

Thank you to the following people for representing Good Shepherd at this year’s run/walk — Abraham Gratereaux, Alyssa Garcia, Andrea McNichol, Caileigh Pattisall, Cornelius Roundtree, Delilah Ramos, Eric Connor, Gabrielle Kasper, James Nyreen, Kervin Nichols, La’Asia Swift, Lauren Magee, Lauren Olson, Lee Elder, Megan Zagoric, Merquiades Guevara, Pascale Larosiliere, Raydime Polanco, Suzanne O’Donoghue, Taiza Arrington, and Yaneris Jimenez.


● ? ????? ????? ????????: A member of our Good Shepherd family, Eshawn Hall, went to a community festival at The Hub, attended by Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson and her LGBTQIA+ task force, which included a rally, a march, family activities, and live performances.
● ????? ??????? ????? ????: In an intergenerational conversation on June 16, Kevin E. Taylor, prominent writer, producer and Senior Pastor of Unity Fellowship Church NewArk, led the informative and inspiring discussion with panelists Melody Ruiz, Elizabeth Noelle, Delilah Ramos, and Mary Keane.
● ???? ????? ?????: Fifty staff members won tickets to the Mets’ sixth Pride Night celebration game on Friday, June 17, where the Mets played against the Miami Marlins and won 10-4.
● ?????? ????? ??????????? ?? ????????? ????: On Friday, June 24, our staff gathered with community members and families at Riverside Park in Harlem, where we played drag bingo with the fabulous Harmonica Sunbeam and participated in other celebratory activities, including a silent disco, pet pride parade, face painting, food, and lawn games.

● ?????????? ??? ????? ???? ?????+ ?????: Young people from Good Shepherd programs participated in a photoshoot and short video in celebration of their pride as members of the LGBTQ+ community.