EMPIRE STATE PRIDE AGENDA’SROSS LEVI VOTED TOP CHOICE DURINGINAUGURAL “AT&T BOLD HONOR”
Initiative Recognizes NYC LGBT Community Activists Working to Improve the Human Condition
NEW YORK — July 14, 2010 – AT&T* announced today that Ross D. Levi, Executive Director of the Empire State Pride Agenda, was recognized with the inaugural “AT&T Bold Honor” for New York City. Last month, as part of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) month, AT&T established the “AT&T Bold Honor,” recognizing an everyday individual in the LGBT community who has made a “bold difference” during the past year. Levi received the most votes after combining the online poll at daily.gay.com/boldhonors with in-person votes cast at the Here Media NYC Pride Party on June 22.
“Through their everyday actions and passion for their work, each of our nominees redefine the concept of ‘being bold,’” said Jennifer Jones, Vice President of Diverse Markets, AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets. “We applaud Ross Levi, and all of those recognized, for championing important issues and for continuing to fight the bold fight.”
Ross D. Levi is the Executive Director of the Empire State Pride Agenda and Foundation, New York’s statewide civil rights organization committed to achieving equality and justice for LGBT New Yorkers and their families. Splitting his time between Albany and New York City, Levi oversees the Pride Agenda, Inc.’s legislative and political activities, as well as the education and community organizing work of the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation.
Levi was named Executive Director in May 2010. Prior to that, he served as the Pride Agenda’s Legislative Counsel from 2000 to 2003 and Director of Public Policy and Governmental Affairs from 2004 to 2006, when he oversaw and conducted the organization’s lobbying activities; and as Director of Public Policy & Education from 2007 to 2010, when he was responsible for developing the organization’s policy priorities and public positions, and for the creation and maintenance of educational materials and programs.
Levi has been directly involved in every state legislative victory ever achieved by the Pride Agenda, including statewide measures like: the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act; the Hate Crimes Act of 2000; making the state’s 9/11 relief inclusive of same-sex couples; guaranteeing domestic partners hospital visitation, legal authority over a loved one’s bodily remains, access to Family Court and medical decision making authority; and securing over $50 million of funding for LGBT health and human services. Levi was also part of the passage of many other state and local ordinances, regulations and Executive Orders affecting New York’s LGBT community, including the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression in state employment.
“Ross embodies the true spirit of advocacy—tireless dedication, commitment to equality, and a passion for giving back to his community,” said Troup Coronado, AT&T Executive Director of External Affairs. “We look forward to following Ross as he continues to set a bold agenda on behalf of the New York LGBT community.”
Descriptions of each nominee and final vote totals can be found at daily.gay.com/boldhonors.
Ross Levi - 201 votes
Carmen Hernandez - 183 votes
Melissa Sklarz - 159 votes
Harry Wieder - 85 votes
Irene Tung - 35 votes
Total Votes: 663
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