Monday, April 23, 2007

GOAL - Gay Officers and me!

On April 20, I had the honor of attending the 25th Anniversary Celebration of GOAL (Gay Officers Action League) , an official NYC Police Fraternal organization supporting LGBT Police Officers, Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Professionals. The event took place in a ballroom at the swank landmark eatery, Tavern on the Green, nestled in NYC Central Park. GOAL has grown from meeting in secret at undisclosed locations, to a Proud and Out professional unity where they march down Fifth Avenue proudly displaying their uniforms and shields. Awards were given to those who advanced and supported the Community. Recipients included Kurland, Bonica and Associates, a renowned civil rights law practice and Carroll M. Hunter, a former Deputy Director of the NYC Dept. of Corrections and former President of GOAL. I attended as Press with Tony Sawicki for Under the Pink Carpet and had a marvelous time among the many strong and brave men and women who are part of and support the organization. The NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly also attended the gala to pay homage to the establishment. We are grateful to those who uphold the laws and keep our City safe. Since its founding in 1982, the Gay Officers Action League has been at the forefront of advocacy for LGBT law enforcement personnel. GOAL also acts as a bridge between the the law enforcement community and the LGBT community.

I was in the company of NY Assembly Member Danny O'Donnell, future NY Assembly Member Micah Kellner, NYC Council Member Gail Brewer, GOAL President George Farrugia, Esq., Yetta Kuland, Esq., Drew Tagliabue and Phyllis of PFLAG, Queens District Leader Danny Dromm, Detective Patricia Rodrigues, Corrections Officer Jeffrey Nieves, Stonewall Democrats President Matthew Carlin, Gina Bonica, Esq., Michael Colosi, Esq., Eddie Ruiz, Howie V and others.

Photos: Corrections Officer Jeff Nieves with Clover Honey; Outside the Tavern; NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly with Clover Honey; Detective Patricia Rodrigues, Clover Honey and Yetta Kurland, Esq.; Matt Carlin, Clover Honey and Micah Kellner.