Adam Odsess-Rubin

Adam Odsess-Rubin (he/him), Founder and Artistic Director of National Queer Theater, found his way to Callen-Lorde five years ago after a disheartening encounter with a doctor who lacked awareness of PrEP, and  the health needs of the LGBTQ+ community. “I ended up educating my own doctor, which just felt wrong,” he recounted. “I remember thinking, you should know this. You work in New York City. There’s a lot of queer people here and people that rely on PrEP.” 

Adam’s search for inclusive care led him to Callen-Lorde where he found not just medical care but a welcoming environment where he felt seen and heard. “I came to Callen-Lorde for PrEP services, but after a while, I just switched my primary care provider to Callen-Lorde,” Adam explained. “Now I rely on Callen-Lorde for all my health needs.” 

For Adam, Callen-Lorde was more than a healthcare provider; it was finding a sense of belonging and community. “I love seeing the Keith Haring art on the walls. It makes me feel at home and affirmed,” he shared with a smile. “It’s like going to a gay bar, but instead, I’m getting my prescription. It’s a good vibe.” 

Reflecting on his journey, Adam emphasized the importance of community and resilience. Pride, to him, is a celebration of resistance against shame, an affirmation of identity and beauty in the face of societal norms. Through his work and advocacy, Adam embodies the spirit of pride, championing LGBTQ+ rights and creating spaces where queer individuals can thrive. To his younger self and others grappling with their own identities, Adam offers heartfelt advice. “In the future, you’re not going to feel so alone,” he reassured. “There’s a lot for you out there. There’s love. There’s joy.”  

Adam’s story serves as a testament to the power of community support and the resilience of the LGBTQ+ community in the face of adversity. His positive experience at Callen-Lorde led Adam to advocate for Callen-Lorde, recommending it to others in the queer and trans community seeking affirming healthcare. In his work with National Queer Theater, he continues this advocacy, creating spaces for LGBTQ+ voices and stories to be heard and thrive.  Learn more about Adam and National Queer Theater visit or follow @nationalqueertheater.