The Award Winning LGBTQ+ New Americans Oral History Project!

The “LGBTQ New Americans” project is designed to document and share the stories and experiences of LGBTQ+ immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers living in Brooklyn and New York. Since inception, immigrants have shaped our city and nation.

In recent decades, we have seen an increase in immigrants and refugees who identify as LGBTQ+, and their unique life stories are being woven into the fabric of our city and country.

Given the state of current political and social dialogue around immigration issues in the U.S., it is crucial to provide a genuine platform for individuals to claim and honor their identities and share their stories to help the public understand the complex issues at play across the topic of immigration and LGBTQ+ identity.

2019 Project Team:
Jako Douglas-Borren, Wilfredo Hernandez, Rebecca Centeno, Jarrett Lyons, Sekiya Dorsett.

Brooklyn Community Pride Center and our collaborator, Immigration Equality, received Proclamations and Citations of Honor on Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at NY City Hall. The commendations are for work well done on the LGBTQ+ New Americans Project and the community at large. Recipients included our incredible LGBTQ+ New Americans team:

  • Rebecca Centeno (Videographer)
  • Wilfredo Hernandez (Director & Interviewer)
  • Jackie Yodashkin (Co-Producer & Interviewer)

Thanks to Council Member Jumaane Williams for recognizing the contributions of our New Americans team. Read the press release >


The LGBTQ+ New Americans project is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Brooklyn Community Pride Center wishes to thank the New York City Council and Council Member Brad Lander (District 39) for their generous support of this project.

Additionally, we wish to thank the Marta Heflin Foundation for their support.

For more information on this project and how you can get involved, email Fredo Hernandez or call 347-889-­7719.

Brooklyn Community Pride Center is a proud member of the Oral History Association.

Oral History Association

LGBTQ+ New Americans: Oral History Project
Volume IV, 2019

2019 LGBTQ+ New Americans / Highlight Reel

Trazel / Country of origin: India

Elvira / Country of origin: Russia

Abraham / Country of origin: Turkey

Nooni (Mohammed) / Country of origin: Egypt

William / Country of origin: Venezuela

LGBTQ+ New Americans: Oral History Project
Volume III, Spring 2018

2018 LGBTQ+ New Americans / Highlight Reel

Sebastian / Country of origin: Chile

Anvar / Country of origin: Uzbekistan

Sarah / Country of origin: India

Lyosha / Country of origin: U.S.S.R.

Aya / Country of origin: Japan

Vasilis / Country of origin: Nigeria

LGBTQ+ New Americans: Oral History Project
Volume II, Spring 2017

2017 LGBTQ+ New Americans / Highlight Reel

Edafe / Country of origin: Nigeria

Lina / Country of origin: Russia

Audu / Country of origin: Nigeria

David / Country of origin: Georgia

Ishalaa / Country of origin: Mexico

Denise / Country of origin: Trinidad and Tobago

LGBTQ+ New Americans: Oral History Project
Volume I, Spring 2016

2016 LGBTQ+ New Americans / Highlight Reel

“Elle” / Country of origin: Bulgaria

Marvin / Country of origin: Jamaica

Sei / Country of origin: Philippines

“Alex” / Country of origin: Jamaica

Oliver / Country of origin: Nigeria

Sergey / Country of origin: Kazakhstan

“Julia” / (Audio Interview) Country of origin: South Asia

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