Gay Grassroots is a community driven organization, currently led by a governing body which includes the offices of President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Officers are elected by paid members to a two-year term. Standing committees include:
Louis Cooper became active in the LGBT movement in the 1990', when he was the president of the Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual Alliance and Students for Education and Prevention of AIDS at the University at Alabama. In college, he also interned at the National Field Office of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. Louis went on to became a professional newspaper reporter for 16 years. He currently works in marketing and freelance communication. He began volunteering with Gay Grassroots in 2014.
Asher Balfour has been working in the LGBT community since 1993 by being a Board member of various non-profit organizations. He co-chaired the second annual FTM Conference in Seattle. He is an advocate of the transgender community and also heads the non-profit organization TransReality, Inc.
Brian Heike graduated from Montclair State College in New Jersey with a degree in Fine Arts. He had a long career in telecommunications as a project manager for major corporations. He was a commissioner on the Philadelphia EMA HIV Commission. He was a board member and later served as treasurer to the South Jersey Council On AIDS. He volunteered for the AIDS Coalition of Southern New Jersey, both as co-chair of the spirituality and psychotherapy committee and as a co-facilitator of a support group for family and friends of people infected with HIV/AIDS. He was part of a contingent of people living with HIV/AIDS who went to Congress twice a year to meet with senators, congressmen (and and their aides) as part of Care Days and AIDSwatch to educate our legislators regarding issues important to people living with AIDS.
Brian has been a part of Gay Grassroots and Pensacola Pride every year since their conception.
Pris Bonelli has served the community at large with her restaurant "Bonelli's". Her work in the LGBT community began in 2013 helping Donna out and making herself available in a variety of roles.
Doug Landreth is co-founder and past president of Gay Grassroots of NWFL. Having a lifelong concern for LGBT rights and HIV/AIDS issues, Doug has been active in the fight on the local, regional, state and national levels. Within the LGBT arena Doug is co-founder Coastal PRIDE, Gulf Coast TIDE, and Gay Grassroots of NWFL; past Board of Directors Member Panhandle American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU); past Northwest Florida Team Equality Florida; Steering Committee ManREACH Gathering; member Steering Committee Gay Men’s Health Summitt; past Regional Coordinator Save Dade and Beyond; instructor State of Florida Instructor Activate! U Advocacy Academy; past Chair Prides Of the Southeast (POSE) Conference; and past Community Lesion The 2000 Millennial March on Washington. Honors include 2000 Creating Change Conference Inspiration Award; 2000 Millennial March on Washington Honor Guard Marshall; 2011 Out of the Town Magazine Activist of the Year; and 2011 InWeekly Paper First Runner Up Community Organizer.
Within the HIV/AIDS arena Doug serves as Steering Committee Positive Living Conference; past Clinical Trial Participant for HIV Vaccine Safety; past member State of Florida HIV Prevention Materials Review Team; member Area 1 HIV/AIDS Planning Council; member MSM Prevention Committee; past walker National Walk For A Cure; past walker Walk Around The World. Honors include 2001 OASIS Founder Award; 2001 National Walk For A Cure National Inspirational Walk; 2014 Walk Around The World Top Money Raiser; and 2014 Pos Magazine Top 100 People.
Donna Stough is one of the founding members of Gay Grassroots of NWF. Donna is an organizer and planner and is instrumental in the planning, staging, and presentation of PensacolaPRIDE. Donna also organizes local events in support of women and LGBT. She is often asked by the Gulf Coast Citizen's Diplomacy Council to talk to groups of international students, professionals, or journalists on civil rights, social media, and LGBT issues. Donna is a public speaker, writer, and activist.
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