Nathan Schaefer

Nathan Schaefer

Nathan Schaefer is the Executive Director of the Empire State Pride Agenda and the Empire State Pride Agenda Foundation.

Before his tenure at the Pride Agenda, he served as the Director of Public Policy for GMHC, where he successfully advocated for the New York State HIV Testing Law and reforms of federal regulations that prohibit gay and bisexual men from donating blood. Prior to that, he worked as a government relations associate at AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families in Washington, D.C., as well as the Director of Education and Public Policy at the AIDS Taskforce of Greater Cleveland, OH.

Nathan graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Miami University in Oxford, OH and earned his Master’s of Social Work in the Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia University’s School of Social Work.

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LGBT youth must be allowed to grow into authentic adults they’re meant to be

| Saturday, January 25, 2014
Coming of age in the most supportive of environments can be a grueling process for any adolescent; coming to terms with one’s sexual orientation or gender identity or expression in a state that allows so-called therapists to try to change who they are can be devastating. Minors do not have full, legal control over their healthcare and legislation is needed to protect them from being subjected to quackery judgments that they’re anything but normal. The damaging practice of trying to change LGBT minors and deny them of their authentic identities needs to stop...

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