Honoring the leaders and trailblazers in the fields of LGBTQ Health and Wellness, the Community Health Awards consistently draws hundreds of Callen-Lorde’s strongest friends and supporters. The evening includes a cocktail reception, banquet, awards presentation, entertainment, and inspirational speeches from community leaders.
This year we will bestow honors upon leader, artist, and activist, Cecilia Gentili, for the incredible contributions she has made and continues to make in the realm of LBGTQ health equity and justice, and William Floyd, Director of State and Local Government Affairs & Public Policy for Google New York, for his leadership and support of LGBTQ causes. Recently, he ensured that the history and voices of the Stonewall Riots were preserved through Google’s support, providing a platform to educate those within and outside of LGBTQ communities for generations to come.
Past honorees include Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Emmy Award-winning playwright and activist Tony Kushner; actress and advocate Cynthia Nixon; law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP for their work in overturning the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA); New York City Council members Corey Johnson and Ritchie Torres; Chris Mosier, athlete, coach, educator, and the founder of TransAthlete.com; nationally recognized activist in the LGBTQ, women’s and children’s rights movements, Joy Tomchin; Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project; Jenna Wortham, Award-Winning Journalist for The New York Times; Karen Sauvigné, Longtime Callen-Lorde Supporter, and Former Board Chair; and Dr. Marci Bowers, Pioneer In The Field of Gender Confirmation Surgeries.
This year’s Community Health Awards is made possible by our dedicated event committee: Ellen Alpert (co-chair), Kris Bungay, James T. Evans (co-chair), Nelson Fernandez, Carl Gaines, John Hadity, Even Hurwitz, Geremy Kawaller (co-chair), Karen Sauvigné, and Lanita Ward-Jones.
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Cecilia Gentili started Transgender Equity Consulting in 2019, where she is the principal and owner after serving as the Director of Policy at GMHC, the world’s first and leading provider of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy from 2016 to 2019. Originally from Argentina, Cecilia found her passion for advocacy and community service when she started working as an intern at the LGBT Community Center in New York City. From 2012 to 2016, she managed the Transgender Health Program at the Apicha Community Health Center. Cecilia is also contributor to Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community, and a board member for Translatina Network. Throughout her career, Cecilia has trained more than 3,000 individuals on a range of issues that include LGBTQ inclusion, immigration, drug use, sexual health, trans sensitivity, and intersectionality. She has worked with city, state and federal governments, non and for profit organizations to ensure that their employees and customers have a seamless experience, and her knowledge has helped organizations bring about lasting and meaningful change.For fun, she loves performing at storytelling and stand-up comedy events where she talks about her life experiences as a Latina transgender woman.
William S. Floyd
William Floyd is a public policy professional, issues management strategist and lobbyist with over 30 years experience working in government, private and non-profit sectors. Currently Mr. Floyd is the director of state and local government affairs and public policy for Google. Overseeing a team of twelve, Mr. Floyd is responsible for managing the company’s local government/regulatory interactions and community relations across the country.Before joining Google, Mr. Floyd was a member of the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where he was a senior advisor in its Government and Regulatory Policy Division, providing strategic counsel and government affairs support for a wide array of clients in the business and nonprofit sectors.Prior to his stint at the law firm, Mr. Floyd worked as the Director of Community Affairs for New York and Connecticut for Verizon Communications Inc where he organized Verizon’s response immediately following the 9-11 attacks.Mr Floyd spent over nine years in New York City government, working at the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the city’s lead agent for economic development, as well as in other City agencies, including the 1989 New York City Charter Revision Commission, and the 2003 NYC Districting Commission.