Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2020 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to view current and past honorees.
Activist Jason Rosenberg is keeping the radical spirit of Pride alive.
The New York City-based organizer, who does programming for the 92nd Street Y and communications work for activist collectives like ACT UP and the Reclaim Pride Coalition, is proudly queer and Jewish. Rosenberg leads by example, taking to the streets to protest injustices like systemic racism and police brutality even when it puts himself at risk of arrest or bodily harm. As NewNowNext reported earlier this month, he and fellow Logo30 alum Marti Gould Cummings were beaten and detained by NYPD after demonstrating against racism in the streets of NYC.
We finally made it home. Luckily the ER was wrong in saying I need surgery. A broken humerus with a brace, 9 staples, and some scrapes. Let’s start the healing and keep protesting from home. pic.twitter.com/Yzt6S9eIp6
— Jason Rosenberg (@mynameisjro) June 3, 2020
He also follows in the footsteps of some of NYC’s most prominent LGBTQ advocates—including Larry Kramer, the outspoken AIDS activist and ACT UP co-founder who passed away earlier this year—by speaking out about the many ways corporate greed and political corruption hurt the LGBTQ community.
Case in point? The Reclaim Pride Coalition’s first annual Queer Liberation March, which Rosenberg helped organize. The 2019 event attracted a massive, diverse crowd—all with zero corporate sponsors and no permit from police.
“That was a march that was corporation-free, cop-free. It was to really center and prioritize the organizers who do this work full-time—and to not center the commodification and militarization of Pride,” Rosenberg told Logo and NewNowNext. “It was simply to remember our roots and reclaim them.”
We couldn’t have said it better. Watch video interviews with our 2020 Logo30 honorees, including Rosenberg, below.