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Patch featured Pace University in "Harckham Celebrates LGBTQQ Pride Month with Awards at Pace"

06/30/2020

Patch featured Pace University in "Harckham Celebrates LGBTQQ Pride Month with Awards at Pace"

New York State Senator Pete Harckham, in celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ) Pride Month, presented New York State Commendation 2020 awards today to Rachel Simon and James Hyer during a special ceremony at Pace University.

"It is my great privilege to honor two remarkable individuals, Rachel Simon and Jim Hyer, for their outstanding work in the LGBTQQ community," said Harckham. "The world is a better place when we open our hearts with acceptance and respect to each other, in full acknowledgement that the rich diversity of human life is a strength that benefits us all. As part of a passionate and transformative movement, Rachel and Jim have succeeded in making a difference in countless lives—in letting people know they are safe and that they are welcomed as equals. Their courage and the sum of their endeavors in this regard are truly inspiring."

Simon is Pace University's Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs & Diversity Programs and Coordinator of Pace's LGBTQQ Center. Hyer, a graduate of the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University, is Administrative Law Judge for the Westchester Human Rights Commission and former board member of The Loft: LGBT Community Services Center in White Plains, NY.

Pace University President Marvin Krislov attended the event, and said, "Pace University celebrates all its people, all its communities, and, especially during Pride Month, its LGBTQQ students, faculty, and staff. We're pleased to join Senator Pete Harckham in honoring those who work to support the LGBTQQ community in Westchester, and we're especially pleased that Pace's own Rachel Simon is being recognized for her work. Happy Pride, and congratulations, Rachel."

Other notable guests included Tejash Sanchala, director of the Westchester Human Rights Commission; and Anthony Nicodemo, president of Stonewall Democrats.

Simon is also board vice president of PrideWorks for Youth, a non-profit that holds an annual conference in Westchester for LGBTQQ youth; and she serves on the Westchester County LGBT Advisory Board to County Executive George Latimer.

At the Westchester Human Rights Commission, Hyer presides over key matters pertaining to human rights and fair housing law. He is also a member of the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York. In November 2019, Hyer was a participant in a Hate in the Age of Multiculturalism panel discussion that Harckham organized in Mahopac.

Harckham also noted in his remarks that, besides the coronavirus pandemic crisis, the nation is the midst of a crisis of racism, homophobia and intolerance. But the nation is standing up now "with one voice," he said, against such "unacceptable" thinking. Appropriately enough, the recent marches against systemic racism across the country have been taking place during Pride Month, added Harckham, which shows "the moral impetus between both of these movements is intertwined," as is the "recommitting to human rights, social justice and racial justice for all Americans."

This is Harckham's second year in a row of honoring individuals during a special Pride Month awards celebration. Last year's honorees were Kristen Browde of Westchester County and Laurette Giardino of Dutchess County.

The award ceremony was broadcast live on Facebook, where it is now also archived.

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Westchester Rising featured Pace University in "LGBTQ Pride Hoops Night at Pace Another Success"

02/26/2020

Westchester Rising featured Pace University in "LGBTQ Pride Hoops Night at Pace Another Success"

Pace University hosted its annual LGBTQ Pride Hoops Night during the men's and women's basketball games on Tuesday, Feb. 11, versus Southern Connecticut.

As part of the festivities, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members turned out for the doubleheader inside the Goldstein Fitness Center, which marked the fourth Pride Hoops Night as the Pace Athletics Department teamed up with the LGBTQA Center to celebrate the Pace community's inclusiveness and diversity.

“I am extremely proud of the leadership exhibited by our students and our community with respect to this initiative,” said Pace’s Director of Athletics, Mark Brown. “Pace University is a place that celebrates and embraces everyone and truly values the richness that a diverse and inclusive population adds to our community.”

Halftime of each game featured drag performances by Flower Tortilla (Pace University alum and drag queen) and Ms. D. Carter (Pace staff member Suede Graham). Free t-shirts were also given to the first 500 fans in attendance.

Rachel Simon, Interim Director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs who runs the LGBTQA Center at Pace’s Pleasantville campus, is excited about the event’s continued growth and success each year.

"Now that we're in our fourth year of Pride Hoops I can really see its impact,” Simon said. “We have community partners here interacting with a wide range of Pace students. It is wonderful to see so many rainbows and feel the support for the LGBTQA community at an event with such broad attendance and appeal. It is also nice to have a Pace staff member and a Pace alum perform in drag this year!"

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Press Release: PACE HOSTS PRIDE HOOPS WITH LGBTQ COMMUNITY

02/12/2020

Press Release: PACE HOSTS PRIDE HOOPS WITH LGBTQ COMMUNITY

Pace Celebrates Its Diversity and Inclusion

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. (February 12, 2020) – Pace University hosted its annual LGBTQ Pride Hoops Night during the men's and women's basketball games on Tuesday, Feb. 11, versus Southern Connecticut.

As part of the festivities, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members turned out for the doubleheader inside the Goldstein Fitness Center, which marked the fourth Pride Hoops Night as the Pace Athletics Department teamed up with the LGBTQA Center to celebrate the Pace community's inclusiveness and diversity.

“I am extremely proud of the leadership exhibited by our students and our community with respect to this initiative,” said Pace’s Director of Athletics, Mark Brown. “Pace University is a place that celebrates and embraces everyone and truly values the richness that a diverse and inclusive population adds to our community.”

Halftime of each game featured drag performances by Flower Tortilla (Pace University alum and drag queen) and Ms. D. Carter (Pace staff member Suede Graham). Free t-shirts were also given to the first 500 fans in attendance.

Rachel Simon, Interim Director for the Office of Multicultural Affairs who runs the LGBTQA Center at Pace’s Pleasantville campus, is excited about the event’s continued growth and success each year.

"Now that we're in our fourth year of Pride Hoops I can really see its impact,” Simon said. “We have community partners here interacting with a wide range of Pace students. It is wonderful to see so many rainbows and feel the support for the LGBTQA community at an event with such broad attendance and appeal. It is also nice to have a Pace staff member and a Pace alum perform in drag this year!"

Numerous groups, both on campus and from the local community, helped make the event possible, including:

-Pace University Athletics

-Pace University Center for Community Action & Research

-Pace University FIRE (Fighting Ignorance and Rape through Education)

-Pace University LGBTQA Center, PLV

-Pace University Office of Multicultural Affairs, PLV

-Pace University POWER (Partnership of Women for Empowerment and Respect

-Pace University Pride at Pace Student Club

-Pace Women's Justice Center

-Hillels of Westchester

-Jacob Burns Film Center

-The Loft LGBT Community Center

-Planned Parenthood

-Prideworks for Youth

-Stonewall Hudson Valley Democrats

About Pace University Athletics
Pace University is an NCAA Division II member of the Northeast-10 Conference that sponsors 14 intercollegiate sports, along with cheer and dance teams and a Pep Band.  In 2018-19, Pace student-athletes posted a cumulative grade-point average of 3.26. In addition, four Setter teams— baseball, field hockey, and men's and women's swimming and diving —earned NE10 Academic Excellence Awards in recognition of achieving the highest GPA in their respective sports. In competition, Pace teams won over 60 percent of their contests this past year and have made 17 NCAA appearances since 2011. In 2015-16, the department unveiled a multi-million dollar facility upgrade that includes two new turf fields. In addition, the new state-of-the-art 14,010 square foot Ianniello Field House recently opened with new locker rooms, new strength and conditioning facilities and a sports medicine component.

About Pace University

Pace University has a proud history of preparing its diverse student body for a lifetime of professional success as a result of its unique program that combines rigorous academics and real-world experiences. Pace is ranked the #1 private, four-year college in the nation for upward economic mobility by Harvard University’s Opportunity Insights, evidence of the transformative education the University provides. From its beginnings as an accounting school in 1906, Pace has grown to three campuses, enrolling 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in more than 150 majors and programs, across a range of disciplines: arts, sciences, business, health care, technology, law, education, and more. The university also has one of the most competitive performing arts programs in the country. Pace has a signature, newly renovated campus in New York City, located in the heart of vibrant Lower Manhattan, next to Wall Street and City Hall, and two campuses in Westchester County, New York: a 200-acre picturesque Pleasantville Campus and a Law School in White Plains. www.pace.edu.

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"Patch" featured Pace University in "Pace University Students Smash Pumpkins and Stereotypes"

11/13/2019

"Patch" featured Pace University in "Pace University Students Smash Pumpkins and Stereotypes"

More than 200 students participate in annual event to dispel stereotypes

What do you do with your leftover pumpkins after Halloween? Smash them of course. More than 200 Pace University students attended the 4th Annual Smashing Pumpkins/Smashing Stereotypes event on November 4 organized by Pace student organizations. Students lined up to smash pumpkins with a sledge hammer after writing their most hated stereotype on it. The event is a cathartic way for students to express their distaste for stereotypes that pigeon hole us into unwanted roles. Pace University President Marvin Krislov took a whack at it, pulverizing his pumpkin after talking with students.

The event was a collaboration between Pride at Pace, Hillel, POWER, Phi Lam, FIRE, CCAR, and Multicultural Affairs & Diversity programs.

Smashing Pumpkins/Smashing Stereotypes is in keeping with Pace University's larger efforts to celebrate the university's diverse and inclusive community and foster an environment of respect for LGBTQ and all students.

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"LA Blade" featured Pace University's professor Emerita of English and Women’s & Gender Studies Karla Jay's piece "Missing: Lesbians at the CNN LGBT Town Hall"

10/21/2019

"LA Blade" featured Pace University's professor Emerita of English and Women’s & Gender Studies Karla Jay's piece "Missing: Lesbians at the CNN LGBT Town Hall"

When the CNN/HRC televised LGBT Town Hall ended at midnight on the East Coast, I felt more like I had survived an entire Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy (OK, this dates me) rather than an informative interchange between Democratic candidates and a lively audience. When I unscientifically polled “Friends” on Facebook afterwards, not one of perhaps 700 lesbians admitted to having watched the event. My bluest of the blue lesbian friends visiting from Florida confessed that they had fallen asleep not far in.

But it wasn’t Lesbian Nation’s fault for conking out at the remote when HRC’s questions totally ignored us.

I was prepared to count mentions of the L-word, but not a single question pertained specifically to my community! The pre-selected questioners identified themselves as gay men, transsexuals, or parents of an LGBT child. Most of the women identified themselves as “health care workers.” Toward the end, asking about medical coverage for her spouse, one woman referred to herself and her wife, and there was one bisexual and one nonbinary person.

While two openly gay men (Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon) were among the moderators, there was no lesbian or transgender presence on the stage. Instead, the viewers were treated to Chris Cuomo, who didn’t seem to understand a current protocol that Sen. Kamala Harris was adhering to when she introduced herself by her gender pronouns “she/her/hers.”   “Mine, too,” he quipped inappropriately to no laughs.

Was no out lesbian, inside or outside of CNN, available for the evening?  Everyone would have been so much better off with political writer Masha Gesen or  “Gay USA”s co-host Ann Northrop.

It is also time for a trans moderator—could the talented Laverne Cox not be trusted to read the cue cards or monitor?

For some reason, the general public and even many gay men seem to think that lesbians have no specific issues except to worry about which half of a couple will get custody of the cat after a divorce, who will win the lesbian softball tournament, and what should be brought to the vegan potluck.

However, not being seen is not the same as being well off or content.

Since women generally live longer than men and the ravages HIV took the lives of so many more gay men than women, being old is one issue more lesbians face. There is even an organization called Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) and no national equivalent for aging gay men or trans individuals.

Not one question or candidate addressed HR1777, the Ruth and Connie Elder Americans Act of 2019. “To amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to provide equal treatment of LGBT older individuals, and for other purposes.”

Our elders are a “vulnerable population,” often subject to abuse and denial of services, sometimes in the name of religion.  Same-sex couples have been separated when seeking assisted living or when entering homeless shelters.  Queer elders have been abused in nursing homes by staff and other patients when their identity is known.

Family leave was addressed during the Town Hall, but not the issues lesbians in particular have in terms of creating families. Both couples and single lesbians are often concerned about reproductive equality, access to alternative insemination in every state, and justice for both biological and nonbiological parents in the event of a separation or divorce.

The number of lesbians is actually fairly equal to that of gay men. According to The Washington Post, there are 5.5 million lesbians in the United States—most of them presumably of voting age. The robust lesbian communities in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania could turn those states blue.

Reaching out to lesbians is an uncomplicated strategy that could pay big dividends. But suggesting by omission that our lives don’t matter is a strategic error.

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"Pleasantville Patch" featured Pace University in "Pace U Holds "Pride Hoops" Night to Promote LGBTQ Inclusion"

12/11/2018

"Pleasantville Patch" featured Pace University in "Pace U Holds "Pride Hoops" Night to Promote LGBTQ Inclusion"

Nearly 500 Pace University students, faculty and community members attended Pride Hoops Night atPace's Pleasantville Campus on November 28.

This is the third year that Pace held the popular event at The Ann and Alfred Goldstein Health, Fitness and Recreation Center in an effort to foster LGBTQ inclusion in athletics. The evening featured women's and men's basketball games with half-time performances by drag performing artist,"Miz Jade." Both teams won, defeating American International College.

Mark Brown, athletic director at Pace, said that the event was part of Pace's mission to be inclusive to all members of the campus community. "We are a very diverse community at Pace University and we see this event as a visible and positive step to celebrate the LGBTQ community,'' said Brown. 

Rachel Simon, associate director of Multi-Cultural Affairs and LGBTQQ coordinator at Pace who helped organize the event, said that Pride Hoops serves to not only support the LGBTQ community but to help students interact with others outside their immediate social circles. "The event speaks volumes about Pace and its student body as well as the athletics department which has been tremendously supportive and inclusive,'' Simon said.

Also in attendance that night in support of the program were community organizations including The LOFT LGBT Community Center in White Plains, Planned Parenthood, PrideWorks for Youth, the Jacob Burns Film Center, and the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women's Resource Center.

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