National Coming Out Day

This past Friday October 11th the thirty-first anniversary of National Coming Out Day was marked in the Bronx at the Bronx Museum.

Sage Rivera of Destination Tomorrow introduces Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. (Bob Press)

In his remarks, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. said, “It’s okay for me to be who I am.” He added that hate is not tolerated in the Bronx and that family members should be proud of their gay or lesbian loved ones.

Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark opened by saying that she is the sheriff in town and that she is on the side of protecting the LGBTQ community.

Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson. (Bob Press)

Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, in whose district the Bronx Museum is located, spoke of the anti-discrimination legislation passed by the City Council and in Albany that help protect all people. She then called up her fellow elected officials to present an award in the memory of writer Alvin Baltrop. It was was accepted by Ms. Yona Bacher.

Presentation of award. (L-R) BP Diaz Jr., Sean Coleman CEO Destination Tomorrow, Yona Backer, Councilwoman Gibson, Third Avenue BID Executive Director Michael Brady, and Bronx DA Darcel Clark. (Bob Press)
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