On Thursday, June 10, 2021, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. hosted his annual LGBT and Allies Pride Celebration.

This year’s honorees included community leaders: Kim Watson, Michael Beau Ivory, Jeannie Sol and Marie Spivey.

Jose Ramon, creator of The White Shirt Project, was posthumously honored at the event. The White Shirt Project is a series of black and white photographs that shed light on the stigma surrounding Mental Health. Jose Ramon passed away March 14, 2021 from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis at 54-years-old and left a lasting impact on the LGBT community.

“I am honored to host this annual event during Pride Month to reaffirm our solidarity with the LGBT community,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “These honorees have not only been great advocates in addressing the needs of our LGBT community in The Bronx, but role models for all of us as well. I stand with our LGBT brothers and sisters in working towards a more inclusive future for everyone.”

The event was sponsored by Montefiore, The Riverdale Y, Good Shepherd Services, New Amsterdam Vodka, Blue York City, SAGE and New York Botanical Garden.