The mission of the NEW Pride Agenda (NPA) is to advance the economic, health, racial, and gender identity justice needs of marginalized LGBTQIA+ individuals in the state of New York.
NPA believes that LGBTQIA rights are civil rights and impact the most important aspects of everyday life from housing to employment. Working with a diverse network of communities and elected officials, NPA serves to educate members of the LGBTQIA community and allies, as well as the general public, about our legal protections and rights.
The organization’s accomplishments include advocacy that resulted in the NYS Executive Branch mandating over 340,000 state employees to receive Gender Expression Non Discrimination Act (GENDA) cultural competency training—a first in the nation; ensuring the repeal of the “Walking While Trans” ban was included in 2021 Executive Budget; state funding for LGBTQ health and human services; securing insurance coverage for PrEP access, and more.
Civic Engagement and Public Education Program (CEPEP)
The NEW Pride Agenda has developed a Civic Engagement and Public Education Project (CEPEP) which will work to reengage LGBTQ individuals and allies in neighborhoods across the state about LGBTQ legislative protections and priorities.
Executive Director of NEW Pride Agenda
Elisa Crespo is a transgender advocate and former public servant based in the Bronx. She is the Executive Director of the NEW Pride Agenda – a statewide LGBTQ+ advocacy organization whose mission is to advance the economic, health, racial, and gender identity justice needs of marginalized LGBTQIA+ individuals in the state of New York. Ms.Crespo and her efforts have been featured in numerous media platforms including LGBTQ Nation, OUT Magazine, Marie Claire, and NBC News. Elisa was listed in the Advocate magazine’s “2021 LGBTQ Women of the Year” list, City and State’s “2021 Pride Power 100” and “Power of Diversity: Latino 100” lists.
Kei Williams (they/them) is a BLACK queer transmasculine visual artist and community organizer. Born and raised in Upstate New York and a founding member of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, they have helped build some of the most powerful movements of our time. As a part of Movement Netlab, a practice-centered ‘think-make-and-do tank’, they worked to develop conceptual and practical tools based on decentralization as a framework for organizers, activists, and researchers in order to bring us closer to a society of beloved community. A lifelong responder to injustice (the grandchild of labor activists), Kei is an abolitionist organizer whose work has spanned across issues such as racial and gender violence to mass incarceration and jail building to climate jobs and justice with their aim being to transform culture from the individual into a global systemic analysis of structural oppression through the lens of intersectionality. They serve as a curator, designer, and walking tour guide with Black Gotham Experience, a storytelling project documenting the impact of the African Diaspora on New York City. They are a 2021-2022 Fellow with the Mellon Initiative for Inclusive Faculty Excellence at the New School. Kei currently lives in Queens, NY with his dog Spartacus and 12 inherited plants. Follow Kei @blackboikei on IG and Twitter.
Jocelyn Bula is a Puerto Rican woman of Transgender experience born and raised in New York. She is a three-time college graduate, with two Associate Degrees and a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Jocelyn is a well-known figure in the Ballroom Scene, which began in New York City and is now a global phenomenon. Jocelyn is the Mother of the International House of Milan and is known for being on the hit show “Legendary” on HBO Max.
NYC Community Organizer
Shéár Avory (they, them) is a Black and Indigenous nonbinary trans femme, creative visionary, published researcher, and social justice advocate. Since the age of thirteen, Shéár has been a leading voice of youth activism and has become one of the most politically influential youth leaders in America. They’ve previously served President Biden as the 2018 Biden Fellow for LGBTQ Equality at the Biden Foundation in Washington, D.C. and advocated for an equitable New York City as a Policy Associate at the Office of the New York City Public Advocate. They’re credited for co-founding the nation’s first and only Trans Wellness Center in Los Angeles, California through a one-million dollar annual grant awarded by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health; successfully lobbying for the repeal of the Walking While Trans Ban in California and New York; advocating for the passage of New York State’s Raise the Age for Homeless Youth Act; and for contributing to a National PREA Resource Center policy for TGNC young people in juvenile detention. Prior to joining the New Pride Agenda in 2022 as the NYC Community Organizer, Shéár was a Policy Associate and Organizer at the ACLU and continues to serve on the New York City Task Force on Issues Impacting TGNCNBI People In Custody.
Johnathan "Jaszi" Alejandro
Community Health Coordinator
Johnathan Alejandro, also known as “Jaszi,” is well-known in the New York region for his HIV/AIDS advocacy work. Jaszi is a male-identified pansexual social justice activist and has been working in the healthcare field, particularly within HIV prevention and awareness work for much of his life. Growing up as the youngest of six kids, the Nuyorican Bronx native grew up with the desire to change the world. Throughout his adolescence, Jaszi worked with organizations such as The Hetrick-Martin Institute and F.I.E.R.C.E, where he took an interest in the issues that impact at-risk LGBTQ youth: Homophobia, Transphobia, Homelessness, and HIV/AIDS. After contracting HIV as a teenager, Jaszi developed a passion to educate the world on the realities of living with HIV and began working towards ending HIV stigma. As a young adult Jaszi co-chaired the NYS Department of Health’s AIDS Institute Young Adults Consumer Advisory Committee (YACAC) which was a group of statewide consumers that reviewed and revised educational materials and clinical guidelines for adolescent health care, as well as facilitated workshops and spoke at conferences nationwide. Jaszi has been recognized for his HIV advocacy work and was offered a 5-year modeling contract with Better World Advertising where he became a spokesmodel for the nationally known campaign “HIV Stops With ME.” Jaszi became the face of a new generation of young people living with HIV and became an inspiration to many. Jaszi also served as the original spokesmodel for one of GMHC’s largest social marketing campaigns, “I Love My Boo,” an anti-homophobic public awareness campaign that promoted healthy relationships amongst POC & MSM. The campaign was featured in various publications and on billboards throughout the entire NYC Public Transit System. The campaign won the award for the Most Outstanding Social Marketing campaign at the GLAAD Amplifier Awards. Jaszi’s success as a spokesmodel led him to become a full-time Community Health Specialist at GMHC, where he helped launch the first official youth drop-in center called CLUB 1319, an after-school program for young MSM ages 13-19 to have a safe space and receive trainings on job readiness, HIV prevention and awareness, and LGBTQ+ rights. Jaszi aspires to live in Hawaii one day, but until then, he is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing at Lehman College and resides with his dog dynasty of miniature pinschers that he breeds and trains in his spare time.
Co-Chair of the NEW Pride Agenda
Founder of Translash Media
Secretary & Treasurer of the NEW Pride Agenda
President and Chief Transformation Officer of New America
Founder of Trans Equity Consulting
Virtual Design & Construction Systems Administrator at Wegmans
Attorney, Sonnenschein, Sherman and Deutsch
Director of Policy at Tech:NYC
Co-Chair of the NEW Pride Agenda
CEO of Amida Care
Principal at Cynthia Dames Consulting
CEO of Hetrick-Martin Institute
Professor of Law at Fordham University
VP of Policy at Non Profit NY
Partner at Back Chamber Consulting LLC
The NEW Pride Agenda has currently made introductory trips to Rochester, Buffalo, and Albany, to introduce The NEW Pride Agenda, meet upstate colleagues, hear local perspectives on LGBTQ priorities, and recruit local board members.