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Mayor Names Commission for LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 October 2009 03:33

Executives from local nonprofit human service agencies make up most of the 25 civic leaders appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg yesterday to serve on the New York City Commission for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questionning (LGBTQ) Runaway and Homeless Youth.   The body is tasked with devising strategies to address the unique needs of LGBTQ youth before they run away, to provide homeless youth with both shelter and the support they need to live independently, or to help them reunite with their families when appropriate. 

 

The New York Women’s Foundation President and CEO Ana L. Oliveira will serve as Chair, and Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav will serve as Director. 

 

“New York City may be one of the most tolerant places on earth, but LGBTQ youth still face daily discrimination that forces many of them to leave home and sometimes make risky decisions,” said Mayor Bloomberg.  “Today we are opening up a new front focused on serving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people.  The Commission’s recommendations will address the root causes of homelessness among this population and provide a blueprint for innovative and evidence-based solutions.”

           

The Commission Members appointed yesterday are:

  • Eliza Byard, PhD, Executive Director; Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN);
  • Angela Diaz, Director, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center;
  • Jeffrey Fishberger, MD, Supervising Psychiatrist, Samuel’s Center for Comprehensive Care at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center;
  • Marjorie J. Hill, PhD, Chief Executive Officer, Gay Men’s Health Crisis;
  • Jerome Kilbane, Chief Executive Officer, Covenant House;
  • Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, Senior Rabbi, Congregation Beth Simchat Torah;
  • Thomas Krever, MPA, Executive Director, Hetrick-Martin Institute;
  • Douglas Lasdon, Executive Director and Founder, Urban Justice Center;
  • Nancy Mahon, Executive Director, M∙A∙C AIDS Fund;
  • Rickke Mananzala, Executive Director, FIERCE;
  • Robert McMahon, Executive Director, SCO Family Services;
  • Christine Molnar, Executive Director, Safe Space;
  • Theresa Nolan, Director of NYC Programs, Green Chimneys Children’s Services;
  • Rev. Franc Perry, Staff Pastor, First Metropolitan Community Church of Atlanta;
  • Cindy T. Rizzo, Senior Director, Arcus Foundation;
  • Therese Rodriguez, Chief Executive Officer, Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA);
  • Carl Siciliano, Founder and Executive Director, Ali Forney Center;
  • Wendy Stark, Executive Director, Callen Lorde Community Health;
  • Glennda Testone, Executive Director, LGBT Community Center;
  • Rev. Dr. Terry Troia, Pastor, New Utrecht Reformed Church in Brooklyn;
  • Nancy Wackstein, Executive Director, United Neighborhood Houses;
  • Lisa Winters, Executive Director, Bronx Community Pride Center;
  • Michael Zisser, Chief Executive Officer, The Door

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Mr. Ernesto Loperena, NY Council On Adoptable Children would also make an excellent appointee.
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