What Is Prideworks?
Drawing from the lower Hudson Valley, the Tr-State area, and beyond, PrideWorks is a conference serves students from more than 70 middle and high schools and 10 colleges and universities. Approximately 70% of attendees are students and 30% are adults. About 20% of the students identify as LGBTQ. Adults include teachers, psychologists, social workers, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) Advisors, youth care workers, parents or guardians of LGBTQ youth, advocates, social justice seekers, among others. About 40% of adults identify as part of the LGBTQ community.
PrideWorks, Inc. was organized in 2013 and grew out of a conference which began in 1999 as a collaborative effort on the part of the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN), Parents, Friends and Families of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), Westchester Jewish Community Services (WJCS) and Westchester County. PrideWorks, Inc. is now solely responsible for this conference, and sponsors or co-sponsors other events (such as celebrations of National Coming Out Day and Ally Week, networking meetings, and Gay Prom) alone and in partnership with other areas agencies.
PrideWorks® Inc. is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization
GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network) Hudson Valley
Unitarian Universalist Congregations of Westchester
The LOFT - The Lesbian an Gay Community Services Center
Memorial United Methodist Church
First Congregational Church
Suede Graham serves as the Coordinator for Student Development & Campus Activities at Pace University-Pleasantville. Originally, Suede received a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Arkansas Tech University in 2016 and a Master of Science in Counselor Education from Mississippi State University in 2018. Suede is particularly interested in working with LGBTQ+ People of Color in areas surrounding mental health, stress management, and anxiety within specific demographics, as well as topics surrounding the intersection of masculinity, spirituality/religion, and the LGBTQ+ community within predominantly White Greek organizations.
Tracy Breneman serves as Director of Religious Exploration for the Unitarian Universalist congregations in Mt. Kisco, NY (uufellowship.org) and Hastings-on-Hudson, NY (fusw.org). In addition, Tracy is adjunct faculty at CUNY’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Department of Sociology where she has taught theory and practice of dispute resolution and conflict transformation. She holds a BA in Political Science from Northern Illinois University, a MA in Brasilian Legislative Processes from the Universidade de Brasilia, Brasil, and a MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. Tracy believes in living through her UU values, and is passionate about fostering welcoming and supportive youth community. She started volunteering with PrideWorks in 2008.