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!
● 𝗕𝗿𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗹𝘆𝗻 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗟𝗚𝗕𝗧𝗤𝗜𝗔+ 𝟱𝗞 𝗥𝘂𝗻/𝗪𝗮𝗹𝗸: 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.
● 𝟭 𝗕𝗿𝗼𝗻𝘅 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗙𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗮𝗹: 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.
● 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗥𝗮𝗶𝗻𝗯𝗼𝘄 𝗧𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗧𝗮𝗹𝗸: 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.
● 𝗠𝗲𝘁𝘀 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗡𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁: 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.
● 𝗛𝗮𝗿𝗹𝗲𝗺 𝗣𝗿𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗖𝗲𝗹𝗲𝗯𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝘁 𝗥𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗣𝗮𝗿𝗸: 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.
● 𝗣𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼𝘀𝗵𝗼𝗼𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗩𝗶𝗱𝗲𝗼 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗟𝗚𝗕𝗧𝗤+ 𝗬𝗼𝘂𝘁𝗵: Young people from Good Shepherd programs participated in a photoshoot and short video in celebration of their pride as members of the LGBTQ+ community.