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Ruben Diaz, Jr., hosting annual LGBTQ celebration, honors the late Janet Weinberg

Justice Rosalyn H. Richter, who accepted a posthumous award on behalf of her late spouse Janet Weinberg, with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. behind her.
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Billy’s Sports Bar near Yankee Stadium once again played host to Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr.’s annual LGBTQ Pride Celebration.

The June 5 event honored Fabio Cotza, the director of the Safe Horizon Bronx Child Advocacy Center, which provides support and services to youth who have suffered sexual and physical abuse; Maria A. Rodriguez, the vice president of care coordination services at Argus Community, which provides works with underserved families on issues including HIV/ AID; Jahaira Gonzalez, a longtime transgender activist who is the director of outreach and engagement at Destination Tomorrow — The Bronx LGBT Center; and Hands in 4 Youth, a Gay-Straight Alliance at PS/ MS 29 in the Melrose neighborhood.

Diaz also posthumously honored longtime lesbian leader Janet Weinberg, who had held senior positions at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the LGBT Community Center, and the Educational Alliance. Weinberg died last September, and her spouse, New York State Appellate Division Justice Rosalyn H. Richter, was on hand to accept the honor.

The evening’s red carpet was hosted by Tym Moss and Appolonia Cruz, the emcees were Vivika Westwood Mugler and Jahlissa A. Ross, and the Reina Project and Sasha Washington performed.

Reverend Antoinettea Etienne, a pioneering HIV/ AIDS activist who works with Iris House, addresses the crowd.
Honoree Fabio Cotza gets a congratulatory smooch from his husband, Hector.
Diaz with representatives of the Gay-Straight Alliance Hands in 4 Youth at PS/ MS 29 in Melrose.
Honoree Maria A. Rodriguez.
Honoree Jahaira Gonzalez.
Eddie Summers, executive director of the Bronx Private Industry Council, and Sayief Leshaw, program director at the Stonewall Community Development Corporation.
The borough president with aide Dirk McCall and Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City Rod Townsend.
Diaz joins the Red Carpet hosts Tym Moss and Appolonia Cruz.
Updated 8:03 pm, June 9, 2019
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