Winter Pride Journal 2019

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QUEENS PRIDE

CO-CHAIRPERSONS

Good Evening Friends and Supporters,

Welcome to Winter Pride 2019! The funds raised this evening support the

Queens Pride Parade & Festival in June. Without your support, we could

not hold these events.

Tonight as we gather here together to celebrate 26 years of Winter Pride

success, we take pleasure and pride this year in honoring three amazing

women: Dominique Jackson - Actress and author, LaLa Zannell -

Advocate and Melissa Sklarz - Political Advocate. We are so proud to

honor and celebrate these women of power and award them for their work

that uplifts the LGBT+ community.

Finally, we want to say thank you again, all of you... our members,

business manager, volunteers, sponsors, supporters and Board of

Directors.

Thank you again for being with us tonight and see you all on Sunday,

June 2nd for the 27th Queens Pride Parade and Festival...Enjoy!

Pride = Love,

Tina Arniotis & Mo George

CoChairs


THE 26TH ANNUAL CELEBRATION

OF

QUEENS WINTER PRIDE 2019

PROGRAM

INTRODUCTIONS & WELCOMES

AWARD PRESENTATIONS TO

MELISSA SKLARZ

presented by Danny Dromm

LALA ZANNELL

presented by Zachariah Boyer

DOMINIQUE JACKSON

presented by Tina Arniotis


MISSION STATEMENT

Queens Pride was established to

about the gay, lesbian, bisexual,

promote awareness and

transgender, and queer/questioning

education among and of the gay,

community and shall support efforts

lesbian, bisexual, transgender,

by organizations and individuals that

and

foster pride, education and awareness

queer/questioning community of

for and of gay, lesbian, bisexual,

Queens County, New York.

transgendered, and queer/questioning

QLG PC shall organize a

persons.

Queens Pride Parade and

In addition to our core mission to

Multicultural Festival in Queens

organize and host the annual

County in June of each year.

Queens Pride parade and multicultural

QLGPC shall also organize

festival, our group works to foster

events, which foster pride,

youth, cultural, and social

awareness and education within

programming and to engage our

and

elected officials on issues pertinent to

the LGBT community.


QUEENS PRIDE 2019

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

CO-CHAIRS

TINA ARNIOTIS

MO GEORGE

TREASURER

STEVEN RAJA

SECRETARY

ZACHARIAH BOYER

MEMBER AT LARGE

ANDREW RONAN


THANK YOU TO OUR 2019

TABLE CAPTAINS

LGBT Network

ACQC

AHF

Luis Rivera

Lynn Schulman

Ari & Chip Gershman

Alan Reiff

Melissa Sklarz

Michael Mallon

Allen Roskoff

APICHA Community Health Center

New Visions Democratic Club

NYPresbyterian-Queens

Big Gay Men of NY

Bill Meehan

NYC Pride

Out Astoria

Brendon Fray & Thomas Multon

Candy Samples

Out Rockaway

Queens Center for Gay Seniors

Danny Dromm

Dirk McCall

Rhoda Dunn

Greg Stein

Rod Townsend

Shekar Krishnan

Jim Owles Liberal Democratic Club

Kevin Uhrin& Will Self

Stonewall Democratic Club

UFT


Honoree - Dominique Jackson

Dominique Jackson was born on March 20, 1965 in

Scarborough, Trinidad and Tobago. Although

Jackson grew up with her grandmother, she still

experienced a traumatic upbringing that included

bullying and sexual abuse. She fled to the United

States at the age of eighteen due to not being

accepted as transgender by her family.

During her time in the United States, Jackson has

experienced homelessness and turned to sex work

and living off credit cards for survival. It was in

1993, while living in Baltimore, Maryland, that

Jackson was introduced to the ballroom scene. She

then lived in various "houses" and eventually settled

in the House of Sinclair which was stationed in New

York City.

Overcoming memories of a dark childhood, Dominique self-published the hurdles,

hurts, revelations and triumphs of her journey in an autobiography titled “The

Transsexual from Tobago.” Dominique is a LGBT and human rights activist who

wants to encourage those who need hope and inspiration.

Jackson has been open about her mental health struggles. After a thirteen-year writing

process, she released her autobiography The Transsexual from Tobago. She has also

worked for several nonprofit organizations (such as Destination Tomorrow in the

Bronx) that provide outreach and services to the LGBTQ community.

In 2018, Jackson began appearing in the leading role of Elektra Abundance on the FX

series Pose, which is based on the ballroom subculture in New York City of the late

1980s. The first season boasted the largest cast of transgender actors ever for a scripted

network series, with over 50 transgender characters. On July 12, 2018, it was

announced that the series had been renewed for a second season, which is set to

premiere sometime in 2019.

Dominique recently decided to embrace a new chapter in her life and move to Los

Angeles for an exciting opportunity. With vast experience in the industry, Dominique

serves as a mentor to the models at Slay.


Honoree - MELISSA SKLARZ

In 1999, Melissa became the first transgender

person elected to office in New York when she was

elected a Judicial Delegate from the 66th Assembly

District. In 2004, Melissa became the first

transgender person from New York to be part of the

state delegation at the Democratic National

Convention, by being appointed to the Credentials

Committee and again on the Rules Committee in

2008. In 2016,

Melissa became the first New York trans person

elected to be a delegate to the Democratic National

Convention. Later that year, Melissa became the

first trans American to be selected for the Electoral

College.

She helped bring civil rights to transgender people in New York City when INT 24 became

law in 2002, served on the Working Group with the New York Human Rights Commission

to flesh out the law, and has been a lobbying leader for GENDA (Gender Expression Non

Discrimination Act) since the bill was developed in 2002. Melissa was a leader of trans

expansive birth certificate at the local and state level for the last 10 years.

In 2008, Melissa was a co-chair for Obama Pride NYC, helping to organize the LGBT

community for the campaign and was one of 250 activists invited to the first LGBT Pride in

White House in June 2009 to celebrate the Stonewall Rebellion.

In 2010, Melissa was at the side of Governor Paterson when he announced an executive

order protecting the rights of transgender people employed by New York State and was

with Governor Cuomo when he announced administrative legal amendment protecting trans

New Yorkers in 2015. Currently, Melissa is a member of the Failla Unified Court

Commission, to ensure the New York Court system is fair for all LGBT New Yorkers.

Melissa was the first member appointed.

Melissa moved to Queens in 2005 and has been active in Queens politics, and serving on

the executive board of Northern Regular Democrats in North Woodside. She is also a

member of Powhatan Democratic Club and Taminent Democratic Club.

Melissa had a featured role in the film Transamerica.


Honoree -

LALA ZANNELL

LaLa is an dedicated and passionate advocate, and

Michigan native now residing in New York. Gifted

public speaker, thought leader, and speechwriter

who speaks out on issues related to anti-LGBTQ

violence, and especially the disproportionate

violence that Trans and gender non- conforming

people of color face as a tool for her personal

healing.

LaLa was a member of the National Coalition of

Anti violence Program (NCAVP) Movement

Building Committee. Professionally LaLa is the

Lead Organizer at the New York City Anti-Violence

project (AVP),

LaLa is the face and leads AVP’s public community organizing work, doing advocacy,

outreach, and networking on behalf of LGBTQ New Yorkers who have experienced

violence. LaLa also plays a key role in AVP’s Rapid Incident Response team, which

responds whenever incidents of hate violence, sexual violence or intimate partner violence

impacting LGBTQ and HIV-affected New Yorkers become public and national responses

to hate violence.

LaLa spoke at the White House for the first Women’s history month briefing to include

transwoman and the last Trans women of color briefing under the Obama administration

testified at the first historic Congressional Forum on violence against transgender people.

LaLa continues her part to culture shift as a chair of the policy and working group

committee for Communities United for Police Reform (CPR) were they recently had a

small victory with the passing of Intro 541 which would put an end to unconstitutional

searched by the NYPD. Was a member of the Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC)

New York leadership team anchoring their Healing and Restorative Justice Institute and

made 2015 Trans 100 list for LaLa’s dedicated work with making the lives of Tran Woman

of Color better. Recently LaLa has partnered up with two of her chosen sisters to become

business owners will be launching a jewelry company called “Tx3” owner and operated by

Trans Women of Color proving again we can create and be successful in anything we put

all of our collective power in.

Recently testified to help the passing of the NYC X gender marker on the birth certificate

helped push to get TGNC funding pushed to trans led groups through the city council

office.


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Congratulations to the Winter Pride 2019 honorees

Dominique Jackson

Melissa Sklarz

and LaLa Zannell

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Congratulations

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