Women We Love 2022: Natasha Jones

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Natasha Jones

For Natasha Jones, the most rewarding part of her job “is watching a young person connect with the com- munity in a way that is affirming, safe, and joyful,” she tells GO. “Witnessing as a young person steps into their power, grows, and engages in community discussions with the support of their peers, is magical.” As the Senior Director of Community Programs at The NYC LGBT Community Center, she is responsible for developing, overseeing, and implementing programs serving LGBTQ+ youth and adults, including through HIV and sexual health resources, case management, patient navigation, and youth leadership programs. Encouraging LGBTQ+ youth has always been her mission, whether working with The NYC LGBT Community Center or, prior to joining the center, as a liaison between New York City schools, community centers, and the NYC Department of Education. “I am grateful I get to show up to work as my whole self each and every day,” she explains, “but I understand not everyone shares this privilege.” Jones’ goal is to break down barriers and help LGBTQ+ communities, especially youth, embrace their authentic selves. She also hopes to create opportunities for everyone in her community. “My vision for myself,” she says, “is to continue to uplift queer people in communities with the highest barriers to employment and economic improvement, and to be a facilitator of queer Black joy.” –AB

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