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Meet Kevin Uhrin and William Self: Chamber Champions & LGBT Activists

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Kevin Uhrin and William Self are a fine example of two LGBT activist in NYC. Never did they imagine that a chance meeting at Saks Fifth Avenue would turn into a love story of a life time. They have since filled their lives with many first, ups and downs and live a life full of adventure. One inspiring action about this couple is the readiness of lending a hand and helping out the community. Kevin attributes their success as a couple to the 50/50 split on communication. He believes they have struck the right balance of complimenting each other at every turn. Since first arriving in NYC in 1980 they have been fully engaged in the LGBT Community. The level of commitment to each other is only rivaled by their commitment to the betterment of the community. Their motto is “If you want something done; you HAVE to get involved.” Upon moving to New York, Kevin knew he found where he was supposed to be and could give back. As a certified nurse’s aide he joined GMHC as a screener, testing

Hetrick-Martin Institute: Providing Safe Environments for LGBTQ Youth

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Hetrick-Martin Institute believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential.   Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 13-24 and their families. In 1979, life partners and educators on gay and lesbian issues, Dr. Emery Hetrick , a psychiatrist, and Dr. Damien Martin , a professor at New York University , heard the heartbreaking story of a homeless 15-year-old boy who had been beaten and thrown out of his emergency shelter because he was gay. Inspired by this they choose to do something. 37 years later, Thomas Krever , CEO continues to champion their mission and leads this organization while he and his team work to establish HMI as the blueprint for other cities to address the needs of underserved, at-risk youth. Since assuming the role of leader in 2007, his goal has been to str