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Brooklyn DA holds Pride Month event at Brooklyn Law School

June 29, 2015 By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson.  Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.

Brooklyn’s District Attorney Ken Thompson held a LGBTQ Pride Month event at the Forchelli Conference Center at Brooklyn Law School on Thursday where Council Member Carlos Menchaca spoke and six others were honored.

The honorees included Daniel W. Tiez, Chief, Special Services Officer of New York City’s Human Resources Administration, Thomas Burrows, Attorney, Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice, LaLa Zannell, a community organizer with NYC Anti-Violence Project, Jill Harris, the first openly LGBT elected official in Brooklyn as a member and then president of District 15 school board, Thomas Krever, CEO of the Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Vaughn Taylor-Akutagawa, Executive Director of Gay Men of African Descent.

The honorees were selected as pioneers in the fight for justice for members of the LGBTQ community in Brooklyn and the city. During his speech, the DA touched on the work of the Hate Crimes United within the Civil Rights Bureau in prosecuting crimes against members of a protected class.

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