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Carmen Vázquez
(? - living) Puerto Rico - U.S.A.

Carmen Vazquez

Feminist leader

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Born in the hills of Puerto Rico and tempered in New York City's black Harlem projects, Vazquez returned to New York City after living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area for 19 years, vhere she was the coordinator of Lesbian and Gay Health Services for the City of San Francisco.

In San Francisco, Carmen served as coordinator of Lesbian & Gay Health Services for the S.F. Department of Public Health from 1988 through 1994, and was the founding director of the S.F. Women's Building. She has also worked with a host of other organizations including the San Francisco Human Rights Commission; Somos Hermanas (a Central American Women's Solidarity Network); the National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights; the Lesbian Agenda for Action; and the Lavender Youth Recreation and Information Center. She served on the board of directors for the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force from 1990 through 1993.

She then moved to New York, where she was the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center's public policy and government relations director, a post she held from June 1994 through November, 2003. She oversaw the Center's government relations and public funding work and was a founding member of the steering committee for the New York State Lesbian & Gay Health and Human Services Network, a Pride Agenda statewide advocacy coalition she has been instrumental in developing since 1994.

Carmen currently serves on the board of directors for the Center for Lesbian & Gay Studies/City University of New York, and on the national advisory boards for the National Center for Lesbian Rights and GenderPAC. She lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with her partner Carlie Steen.

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