Bryan PachecoCommunications & Community Advocacy Associate
Bryan Pacheco is the Communications & Community Advocacy Associate at Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older people.
Prior to this position, Bryan served as the Outreach Coordinator at SAGE Harlem. SAGE Harlem provides services, information, referrals, programming, educational presentations and social activities in a safe space for older LGBT residents of Harlem. In his role, he led SAGE Harlem's outreach efforts to raise awareness of issues affecting the LGBT aging community and SAGE's wide array of programming and services. For this work, he was named the “Leader of Tomorrow” by the Latino LGBT organization LUNY. In addition to his outreach responsibilities, Bryan coordinated programs for LGBT older adults of color.
Previous to his role at SAGE, he was a Community Initiatives Liaison at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). He worked with community leaders nationwide to open GLSEN chapters and created programs that provided students with safe school activism. By 2010, Bryan helped eight steering committees to form—the final step before accreditation. That same year, he led the planning and media efforts for New York City's first ever youth of color environmental and climate justice summit, “Our People. Our Hoods. Our Future.” Hundreds attended to learn how to advocate for their environment with outreach efforts educating many more on the subject.
From 2010-2011, Bryan worked as a consultant for BCPC (Bronx Community Pride Center) to organize an anti-smoking campaign that focused on big tobacco companies and their efforts to market products to low-income LGBT communities of color. He currently serves on the Alumni Advisory Board for Public Allies New York and is on numerous committees advocating for LGBT older people. He is a published queer theory and LGBT fiction author. He studied at Middlebury College, under a full-tuition POSSE scholarship, double majoring in Spanish linguistics and film & media culture.