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Former NY State Senator Thomas Duane Joins NYC’s AVP Board

English: Sen. Thomas Duane at a Health Care fo...

English: Sen. Thomas Duane at a Health Care for all rally. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The New York City Anti-Violence Project has announced that former NY state Senator Thomas K. Duane would be joining their board. Duane, who was the first openly gay member of the NY Senate and the first HIV+ Senator, retired at the end of 2012. He has long been an advocate for LGBTQ rights, including pushing the state’s marriage equality law.

Sharon Stapel, AVP’s Executive Director, stated “AVP’s Board of Directors is a group of smart, committed, passionate people who believe deeply in our mission to end violence. We are honored and proud to have Senator Duane and Scott Hernandez join our Board. Senator Duane has long been a champion of ending violence against LGBTQ and HIV-affected people and we know that he will use his broad and deep expertise to create safety for all New Yorkers.”

Duane served in the NY Senate from 1999 to 2012, and helped to pass several laws “including the Sexual Orientation Non-Discrimination Act (SONDA) (2002), the Hate Crimes Protection Act, ‘Manny’s Law,’ which requires hospitals to disclose to indigent patients the availability of state-sponsored funds for health care costs and marriage equality legislation. He is currently working with Eve Ensler on her One Billion Rising campaign.”

Duane stated “I am excited and honored to be asked to join the Board of Directors of the New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) — an amazing, effective and critically important organization for the LGBTQ and HIV affected communities in New York City, and indeed, a valued and accessible resource organization for all New Yorkers and many other agencies throughout New York. AVP is known and respected throughout the United State and is held in particularly high esteem in New York City and State among advocates and law enforcement institutions. AVP is also known to be a strong and respected voice in Washington D.C. generally and is greatly valued by officials in both the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. I am looking forward to helping AVP continue to provide its services and advocacy and I am committed to being the best possible resource I can be for this amazing organization.”

AVP also noted that:

Senator Duane was elected to the Board with Scott Hernandez of Deutsche Bank. Mr. Hernandez is a long-time volunteer with AVP and leader with the Interbank Roundtable Committee, an open forum for LGBT employee resource group representatives from financial industry organizations to discuss best practices and promote inclusion regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. In September 2012, AVP honored the IRC at the 16th Annual Courage Awards for their extraordinary volunteer work with AVP.

Senator Duane and Mr. Hernandez join Board Chair Kevin Krueger, Vice Chair Todd Grasinger, Co-Treasurers Ken Rogers and Ray Turoczy, Secretary Thomas Salatte and members Kevin Costin, Dara Major, Ned Mitchell, Rosa Morales, Thomas Negron, Andy Owens, Ovita Williams and Elwin Wu.

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