Group calls for changes at Pride Center of the Capital Region

September 09, 2017 10:26 PM

ALBANY -- A cross-section of members of the LGBTQ community took over Dana Park on Saturday to call for changes at the Pride Center of the Capital Region.

“We really care about our Pride Center and we're really concerned about the direction our local Pride Center has been going in,” said Eoghann Renfroe, who organized the gathering.

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Many say it was not a protest. It was more of an intervention because they feel that's what people do for a loved one who may be in trouble.

“I'm here in support of the Pride Center because they have been failing at their core mission statement,” said Sadie Delacruz.

Delacruz moved to Albany four years ago. She says as a transgendered woman, the center was extremely supportive. But she says things have changed. It all came to a head after the center posted an article about lesbians with myths about transgendered women.

“The board and the director have shown nothing but contempt for transgender people in the wake of this,” Delacruz said.

The center's board president, Joe Kirwin, says the article had some valid points about lesbians feeling like they're being erased. But parts of it could have been better.

"Subsequent pieces of that article that sought to characterize transgender women, transgender women of color, were definitely problematic,” Kirwin said.

The group marched from Dana Park to the Pride Center location to confront the executive director with a letter of what they want. They'd like the executive director to resign. They also want a new board of directors and new bylaws to ensure board members represent the entire LGBTQ community.

Kirwin says the two sides are talking and finding common ground.

“We're looking at ways in discussion with them right now that we can make that happen,” he said.


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