H O N O R S
Equality New York Honors
Kathy Hochul, Carmen Neely
PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO
New York Governor Kathy
Hochul and Harlem Pride
co-founder Carmen Neely
were honored by Equality
New York, a statewide LGBTQ advocacy
organization, during the group’s
anniversary event on October 13.
The event, hosted at Industry Bar,
celebrated fi ve years for Equality New
York, which works to advance LGBTQ
rights across the state. Hochul was
awarded for her support of Equality
New York, while Neely received the
community partner award.
Equality New York board member Gabriel Blau with Governor Kathy Hochul, Equality New York executive director
Amanda Babine, and Equality New York co-chair Cathy Marino-Thomas.
Former Equality New York board co-chair Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker.
New York City Anti-Violence Project
Hosts Annual Courage Awards
PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO
The New York City Anti-Violence
Project (AVP) honored
a pair of local leaders
at the organization’s Courage
Awards ceremony on October 14.
AVP, which works to combat violence
through education, organizing,
and survivor support, awarded former
State Senator Thomas Duane and
Emil Wilbekin, who founded of Native
Son, a platform dedicated to Black
gay men. The event was produced virtually
and in-person at Chelsea Piers
in Manhattan, giving attendees the
option to join from home.
Those at the event included State
Senator Brad Hoylman of Manhattan,
Councilmember Carlos Menchaca of
Brooklyn, and former Brooklyn District
Attorney, Comptroller, and Congressmember
Andy Praschak with awardee Carmen Neely, the president and co-founder of
Beverly Tillery receives AVP’s proclamation from Patrick Kwan of the Mayor’s Offi ce.
Native Son founder Emil Wilbekin and former State Senator Thomas Duane of Manhattan.
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