When Sergeant Charles Cochrane founded the Gay Officers Action
League in 1982, he inaugurated a civil rights organization that has persisted in addressing the needs and concerns of LGBTQ criminal justice professionals. Since our last gala, GOAL has held strong in its advocacy and community building mission:
• GOAL successfully fought back against employment discrimination
against a member in law enforcement in New Jersey;
• GOAL expanded its community outreach program, “Coffee with Cops,” to
the outer boroughs and is working on partnerships with community groups
and businesses for future sessions;
• GOAL continued its engagement with the KiKi Coalition to support Youth
Pride Fest and provide a safe space for youth to celebrate pride; and
• GOAL testified before the NYC Council on the deficit of HIV medication
and PrEP coverage affecting many city employees.
These highlights, amongst many, come hand-in-hand with GOAL’s
routine work to assist members of the larger LGBTQ community work with their government, whether facilitating referrals for assistance with police or helping local businesses and not-for-profits in need of government services.
Ever year at our gala, we honor those who have lent their energy and
efforts to advance the rights of LGBTQ people. In that vein, this year we are
thrilled to honor:
Laurel Hester Award: Dominique Jackson, FX’s Pose
Sam Ciccone Award: Krishna Stone, GMHC
Charlie H. Cochrane Award: Lydia Figueroa, GOAL
Erin J. O’Reilly Award: Michael Dye, GOAL
The 37th annual GOAL Anniversary Awards Gala will be held at the
Times Square’s Edison Ballroom (240 West 47 Street) on May 3rd at 7 PM. We would be honored to have your support in this year’s commemorative Journal, which will be distributed to our guests, community leaders and businesses across the LGBTQ community. GOAL is a 501(c)3 organization, and for more information about your tax-deductible advertisement in the GOAL Journal, please see the graphics above, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, thank you for your continued support, and we hope that you will join us in making this year’s event a success!
NYC Digital OOH & GM