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Legislator Leslyn McBean-Clairborne Recognized as “Ally of the Year”

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Legislator Leslyn McBean-Clairborne Recognized as “Ally of the Year”

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Legislator Leslyn McBean-Clairborne was honored by the organization Finger Lakes PULSE, which presented her with its first Ally of the Year Award.

“This evening, we express our appreciation to a person who has invited people from the LGBTQ+ community to the table,” organization representative Deborah Cipolla-Dennis said in a special presentation before the Legislature. “She has shown interest in our opinions, thoughts, and perspectives. This simple invitation to participate has allowed us to highlight our needs as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and non-binary individuals in new ways. It has given us a voice to express our similar struggles while recognizing that we are affected in different ways by policies and laws.” As an immigrant from Guyana herself, Legislator McBean-Clairborne was recognized as one who possesses a “unique understanding” of others’ struggles, and for “us(ing) her power in Ithaca and Tompkins County to make it safer for (the LGBTQ+) community.”

Video excerpts from past Legislature meetings were shown as highlights of McBean-Clairborne’s advocacy, caring, and commitment to all. Acknowledging the ongoing challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community, Cipolla-Dennis said, “Finger Lakes PULSE is dedicated to working with allies such as Leslyn, to create a thriving, inclusive community that recognizes the diversity and individuality of all residents.”

Legislator Mc-Bean-Clairborne expressed deep appreciation, but said she has never acted for recognition; “I just do what’s right.” And she added a clarification. “Allies usually can pack up and go to their safe space. I’m a partner.”