Empire State Pride Agenda has a new leader

Nathan Schaefer picked to head the LGBT organization Empire State Pride Agenda

Empire State Pride Agenda has a new leader
15 September 2012

The Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s statewide LGBT civil rights and advocacy group, has a new leader.

Today the civil rights organization named Nathan Schaefer as its executive director.

‘He is the right person to lead the Pride Agenda at this time, and we are confident he will help the LGBT community earn the full equality and recognition that we deserve,’  Pride Agenda Board co-chair Marla Hassner said in a statement.

Schaefer, who served as director of public policy at the Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), thanked the board for the opportunity to be part of the LGBT rights movement in New York.

‘We have an exciting opportunity right now in New York to continue the momentum toward equality,’ Schaefer said. ‘As executive director, I look forward to working with LGBT New Yorkers and our allies from across the state to build consensus and aggressively advocate for change.’

Schaefer will start working for the group next month.

In 2011, ESPA was one of the many gay rights organizations that worked to have the state’s legislative body pass a same sex marriage bill (it was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo).

Below is a video of the new director discussing his appointment.



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