Pronouns: he/him & they/them
Starting Westchester County's First LGBTQ Youth Program in 1992, James has had a long commitment in exploring queer culture and its positive effects on the dominant heteronormative culture.
James is the recipient of the 2007 GLSEN Hudson Valley Leadership Award for his work with LGBTQ youth in both Rockland and Westchester Counties where he worked with numerous high schools and colleges on LGBTQ safety. He coordinated the Common Threads Youth Empowerment Retreat for several years in Rockland County where students and advisors as far as Rochester attended annually. He served on the planning committee at Pride Works, an annual conference held in Westchester County for high school students and their advisors.
Young has had the opportunity to co-design, facilitate and train with PeaceWorks in Reading, PA, working with youth on various forms of oppresison (i.e., sexism, racism, etc.) and learning more about intersectionality, power and inclusion.
As the faculty advisor for Rainbow Alliance at Monroe College in the Bronx for three years, the college marched in their first NYC Heritage of Pride Parade in 2016 and created gender neutral restrooms on both Bronx and Westchester campuses.
Young is currently a volunteer at the Loft, the LGBTQ center in White Plains. There, he has been a presenter at the annual gala, facilitator at the men’s group, and a community builder. In the past few years, Young has created Tech Talks (a program connecting people through technology), Veg Out (a vegetarian potluck social to promote connections through socially conscious consumption). He is the proud recipient of the 2019 Pace University's Lavender Alum Award and serves on the Westchester County LGBTQ Advisory Board.
Young is excited to bring his talents and experience to Queery as he is eager to be part of the movement that brings about equality and celebration of diversity using critical thinking and questioning.