Thursday, June 7, 2018
Activist and Organizer
Newburgh LGBT + Center
Phoenix Gayle is a 26-year-old trans woman, activist, and organizer for the Newburgh LGBT+ center. New to the Newburgh area, the goal is to create a space for people of color in the LGBTQ community. Centering the experiences of the most vulnerable members of the LGBTQIA community, the Newburgh Center seeks to organize community in the Mid-Hudson Valley to build power, advocate for the needs of our youth, elders, trans folk, anyone identifying on the LGBTQIA & GNC spectrum, and provide services via events, workshops, trainings, and opportunities.
Writer/Spoken Word Artist
Cole Rivers is an innovative writer, spoken word performance artist, and a community activist, focusing on supporting youth in the arts. He is also a leader in the local SGI Buddhist Organization, which focuses on fostering capable young people in today’s society. He identifies as transgender and uses He/Him/His pronouns.
Brendon L. Scholl
Ossining High School SAGA (Sexuality And Gender Acceptance)
Brendon Scholl is currently a student at Ossining High School and is a very active member of the local LGBTQ community and Ossining High School’s SAGA (Sexuality And Gender Acceptance). They’ve worked with the Trevor Project for a mini-documentary about art, being LGBTQ, and the connection between the two as well as attending the annual Prideworks at Pace. Activism has been a part of them for their whole life and learning about LGBTQ history is very important to them as a way to remember the past and give proper respect and admiration to those who have led us to where we are today. Brendon looks forward to continuing a dialogue for LGBTQ youth.