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The Bronx LGBT Expo was created by the late Jose Ramon in 2019. Jose was diagnosed with PTSD and Depression. He passed away on March 14, 2021, a year after being diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ) or AKA (Lou Gehrig's Disease). ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progression degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually lead to death. When the motor neurons die, the ability of the brain to initiate and control muscle movement is lost. With voluntary muscle action progressively affected, patients in the later stages of the disease may become totally paralyzed. Jose’s battle with ALS ended on March 14, 2021 @4:57 PM on his one-year wedding anniversary. Jose’s journey and contribution to the community will never be forgotten or dismissed. Despite his battle with ALS, mental health, and medical issues, he never once stop thinking about the community. His dream was to bring awareness about issues that impact our community issues that are often cited as the invisible disorders.
Mission Statement : To unite resources that will enhance the future of our communities.
The Bronx LGBT Expo is dedicated to highlighting and featuring The Bronx and it’s LGBTQIA Community. The Bronx is one of the most diverse NYC Boroughs, with a distinctive community of culture, diversity, pride, and integrity. We celebrate our differences while highlighting the similarities. The Expo provides an all-inclusive panorama of Community Based Organizations providing a wealth of information and resources. In addition to interactive performances, the Expo features a panel discussion with persons of lived experiences and professionals in the field. A separate session includes keynote speakers such as clinical providers and elected officials; speaking about the current trends of discussion impacting the LGBT community. The day consists of interactive performances to support the talents and passions of community artists.