Jeffrey Guzmán is an accomplished transgender activist at only 20 years old. An American University student studying public relations and sociology, Guzmán is from a small town in White Plains, NY. Guzmán is the executive director of the AU organization Pride, formerly known as Queers & Allies.
To discuss their experiences while interning for the state, Assemblywoman Galef is joined by high school students Brendan Zarkower, Jeffrey Guzmán, Ross Beroff, Alanna Powers, and Cat Purdy. The students have interned in Assemblywoman Galef’s district office during the summer and elaborate upon their experiences on this program.
Fifteen-year-old Jeffrey Guzmán, a patient and a volunteer at the center, felt strongly enough about the place that he asked CEO Lindsay Farrell if he could write about their struggle. She gave him the go-ahead and he posted a Patch opinion piece so much beyond his years that some thought it must have come from their lawyer. Now, this media savvy teen, has taken his campaign to Facebook, creating a page in support of the move.
President’s Day Media Tour (Feb 2006)
In 2006, I embarked on a national press tour to discuss my passion for American history and politics. I appeared on Univision’s talk shows Despierta America, Don Francisco Presenta and Sabado Gigante, as well as Cada Dia on Telemundo. Additionally, I appeared on CBS’ My9 News, News 12 New York, Noticias Univision 41, and Noticiero Telemundo 47. I was invited back on Despierta America in 2009 and 2012.
“There needs to be allyship within the community itself because there’s a lot of racism and transphobia that goes on within the community and so that’s why we changed the name.”
“Visibility is important to make people realize we’re not just here to be your gay best friend or up diversity stats. We have issues we want to address.”