New Year, New Steering Committee!

First off, thank you! 2010 was an amazing year for Out Astoria and 2011 is already off to a great start.  We owe a lot of our progress to our awesome members. Your participation is a huge part of what makes OA such a success. So thanks!

Now, the news. Out Astoria’s new Steering Committee convened on Sunday, January 23rd to elect officers to oversee Out Astoria’s administrative and operational duties. The new officers are:

  • President: Brent Gallenberger
  • Vice President: Jonathan Blue
  • Treasurer: Courtney Joseph
  • Secretary: Chap Day
  • Events Director: Ben Rubinstein
  • Communications Director: Michael Murphy
  • Business Outreach Director: Rian Brooks
  • Membership Director: Dan Fingerman

This first-ever election for Out Astoria earned us a little attention too: a mention in the New York Daily News!

OA's first election earned a mention in the NY Daily News!

Our final transition to a member-governed organization caps-off an exciting year of growth and evolution. Our organization grew rapidly in 2010 and the successful creation of our Sponsor Membership program has brought our ability to benefit our community to a whole new level.

OA also gained attention last year for our fundraising efforts on behalf of the Ali Forney Center’s Emergency Shelter in Astoria for LGBTQ Homeless Youth. The shelter was vandalized with anti-gay graffiti in June 2010. Out Astoria channeled the outpouring of support in our community to benefit the shelter with a fundraiser. Nearly $1,000 was raised and OA continues to support the shelter with volunteer work from our members. Contact Brent Gallenberger at if you want to help the shelter.

This year, Out Astoria is organizing our first-ever AIDS Walk team! Dan Fingerman spearheaded this new effort and we’re really glad he got us involved. To join Out Astoria’s AIDS Walk team follow this link. For more information, check out the AIDS Walk website here.

Stay tuned for information on upcoming events and activities. Our new Events Director, Ben Rubinstein, is cooking up awesome ideas and we’re all looking forward to some great events. But, as always, OA welcomes input from our members. Feel free to email Ben at and share your ideas or suggestions.