About Us

Our Mission

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.

Our Work

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.

Our Staff

Elisa Crespo

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

He/They

Program Manager

Born and raised in Upstate New York, Kei is a self-taught visual artist and community organizer. A founding member of the Black Lives Matter Global Network, Kei has helped build some of the most powerful movements of our time. Kei currently lives in Queens, New York with his dog Spartacus and 12 inherited plants.

Jocelyn Bula

She/Her

Program Coordinator

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.

Shear Avory

They/Them

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.

Our Board

Cecilia Gentili

Co-Chair of the NEW Pride Agenda

Paul Butler

Secretary & Treasurer of the NEW Pride Agenda

Imara Jones

Victor Sanchez

Sara Throne

Doug Wirth

Co-Chair of the NEW Pride Agenda

Cynthia Dames

Development Chair

Joe Pressley

Liz Cooper

Chai Jindasurat

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.