JEFF GURKIN-YOUNG 

Executive Director

Pronouns: he/him & they/them

Coming out as an adult has empowered Jeff to discover his passion for working on LGBTQ+ rights as an advocate. 

 

Jeff has assisted the owner of Arthur Murray dance school in Westchester County, NY to amend their policies on same-sex dancing, making their business more queer friendly.  In Nashville, TN, he created a gay bear social group to build community.  While earning his MBA at Monroe College, he served as the president of the Rainbow Alliance, an LGBTQ+ club on campus.  While there, the club increased visibility through various projects including adding gender neutral bathrooms and marching in NYC's Pride March for the first time.  Currently, Jeff serves as a volunteer facilitator as well as a Board Member for The LOFT LGBTQ+ Community Center in White Plains, NY. 

Jeff worked hard in 2020 to get Queery to be a 501(c)3 so that we can receive tax deductible donations.

Jeff is thrilled to be working with his partners at Queery to further advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, visibility and acceptance. Through programs like Queer Zen and the Queery Pronoun Challenge, he continues to educate people on the various aspects, struggles and triumphs found in the queer community. 

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