Carmen Vázquez Coordinator of the LGBT Health and Human Services Unit
New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute
Carmen was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Harlem, New York. Among her many accomplishments, Carmen was the Founding Director of the Women's Building in San Francisco, helped found the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center in San Francisco, and the LGBT Health & Human Services Network , a coalition of over 55 organizations and groups in New York advocating for LGBT Health and Human Services. The Network has secured over $54 million dollars in state funding for its members. She is a founder and principal author of Causes in Common (a national coalition of Reproductive Justice and LGBT Liberation activists) and of the Pride in Action programs at Empire State Pride Agenda. She was awarded an Honorary Law degree by CUNY School of Law in 2005 and her oral history and papers are part of the Sophia Smith Archives at Smith College.
Her essays have been published in several anthologies. Carmen is currently the Coordinator of the LGBT Health and Human Services Unit with the AIDS Institute of the NYS Department of Health and lives in Brooklyn, NY.