David Kilmnick, PhD, MSW is a leading national LGBT advocate and president of New York LGBT Network. The last 30 years, David has built successful organizations supporting and advocating for LGBT communities in Long Island and NYC. As a national voice on LGBT issues and at the request of President Obama’s administration, David served as the ambassador and keynote speaker on behalf of the US Embassy in New Zealand at its national LGBT Conference.
Which LGBTQ+ icons do you look up to?
There are several LGBTQ+ icons that bring inspiration and great hope to me. Former NYC Council Finance Chair Danny Dromm comes to mind for his more than three decades of relentless work, fight, resilience, and achievements bringing visibility, critical services and education to our schools, local communities and beyond. Danny accomplished more than most would hope to in a lifetime and although retired he continues to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ people.
What actions do you hope to see the government taking to support the LGBTQ+ community?
Currently the LGBTQ community is under attack nationally with more anti-LGBTQ bills proposed this year alone than the previous 5 years combined. Our governments need to defeat these proposals and be proactive and unapologetic in putting forward, passing and enshrining full equal protection and anti-discrimination laws into our federal and state constitutions.