BP Diaz Hosts LGBTQ Pride Month Awards Gala

Jahaira Gonzalez was honored for her work with Destination Tomorrow by Borough President Diaz (l) and Sean Coleman.
Photo by Kasey Rodriguez

In honor of Pride Month, Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. honored several local LGBTQ leaders at his annual LGBTQ & Allies Pride Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, June 5 at Billy’s Sports Bar. This year’s honorees included Fabio Cortez, Maria Rodriguez, Jahaira Gonzalez and Hands in 4 Youth – GSA at P.S./M.S. 29 in Melrose. Janet Weinberg was posthumously awarded the 2019 John Wade Award, which honors LGBTQ individuals for excellence in government service.

Diaz (l) presented a citation of merit to Hands in 4 Youth GSA at P.S./M.S. 29’s representatives.
Photo by Kasey Rodriguez

Maria Rodriguez graciously accepted her citation of merit from the borough president.
Photo by Kasey Rodriguez

Roz Weinberg (c) proudly accepted the 2019 John Wade Award honoring her late wife Janet Weinberg.
Photo by Kasey Rodriguez

James Young (l) of Queery and author Eddie Pabon were vending at the Pride event.
Photo by Kasey Rodriguez

Fabio Cortez (r) happily accepted his citation of merit from Diaz.
Photo by Kasey Rodriguez

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