- Social Justice Optimist
- Team Leader
- New York Coalition for Inclusive Scouting
- Hate Crimes Team Coordinator, Simon Wiesenthal Center's Tools for Tolerance® National Institutes Against
Hate Crimes, NYC Team
- Committee Chair, Common Threads Youth Empowerment Leadership Program
- Board Advisor, The Network of Lesbian and Gay Business and Professional Organizations
- Member, NYC Police Council for Lesbian and Gay Concerns
- Executive Director, Gay Officers Action League, (GOAL) NY
- NYPD Sergeant
Born in Harlem, and raised in the Castle Hill section of the Bronx. Currently a Manhattan resident. Involvement
with community started as a young teenager. Early teen activities included being a counselor at a neighboring
parish's summer youth program and patrolling with his neighborhood watch team. Childhood dream was to be a doctor
or police officer so in his later teens he volunteered in a Bronx Precinct as an Auxiliary Police Officer and with
a neighboring volunteer ambulance corps as an Emergency Medical Technician.
As a volunteer in Jacobi Hospital's emergency room, he took the police test he was swept into the police academy
where his work would earmark him to bypass the NYPD's rookie training program.
He was then immediately assigned to patrol the 44th Precinct in the Highbridge section of the Bronx.
As a rookie cop he acknowledged that he was gay and began to put his skills to work for the lesbian and gay
community. Although he was deeply closeted, he began to draw bloods and do STD screening for St. Marks Clinic and
Community Health Project, which is today's Calin-Lorde Community Health Clinic.
Calin-Lorde is one of the world's lar gest medical facilities dedicated to the medical needs of the lesbian,
gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community.
After serving in a variety of patrol assignments, which included undercover narcotics and anti-crime, he was
chosen to work in a progressive youth education and mentor program where he served as a role model and group leader
for children in the City's public, private and parochial schools.
His assignments included the School program to Educate and Control Drug Abuse (SPECDA) and the Police Athletic
He began to also volunteer for the Institute for the Protection of Lesbian and Gay Youth, known today as the
Institute. It was at the Institute where he learned that the highest rate in suicide was in lesbian and gay youth.
As a role model for youth in the New York City school system, he realized that remaining in the closet perpetuated
this horrendous condition. He then came out and be a role model for all youth.
He initiated his coming out by par ticipating in the first recruitment poster ever developed to recruit lesbians
and gays into the NYPD.
He has since been a visible gay activist and began to serve on the Executive Board of the Gay Officers Action
League, also known as GOAL. GOAL supported him during what was a very difficult and controversial coming out process.
Established in 1982, GOAL is the nation's oldest police and criminal justice organization striving to address
the concerns of LGBT people and people with HIV/AIDS.
GOAL seeks to provide positive role models and have a supportive impact on the lesbian and gay community, the
criminal justice system, and society as a whole in terms of advocacy, education, intervention and justice. GOAL
continually strives to fight against discrimination, bigotry, prejudice and brutality in all forms. GOAL has initiated
and assisted in successful litigation that has impacted positively on the GLBT community in NYC and around the
As the first openly gay police supervisor in New York City's Greenwich Village Police Precinct, He put together
and coordinated the first ever, racially diversified, team of lesbian and gay police officers specifically charged
to recruit lesbian and gay candidates for the NYPD.
He also put together and supervised a highly diversified team of lesbian, gay and straight plain clothes police
officers assigned to reduce crimes against lesbians and gays during the period when the gay games and the world
cup soccer games were in New York City.
He served as the 6th Precinct Training Sergeant and Community Policing Sergeant were he implemented a host of
community improvement initiatives including the 6th Precincts first police bicycle program.
He left the village precinct in the end of 1995 and soon took command of the NYPD recruitment unit.
He is currently a supervisor in the NYPD's Applicant Processing Division, focusing specifically on hiring for
the NYPD Cadet Corps Program.
He has been on the Mayor's Police Council for Lesbian and Gay Concerns since the early 90's when he was appointment
by then Mayor, David N. Dinkins.
He also serves on several other LGBT Advisory Boards.
He does media appearances and diversity training nationwide on the topics relating to LGBT people and community
in various law enforcement and criminal justice agencies, universities, private corporations and public schools.
In March of 2000 he presented to the senior staff of the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Bureau's first
formal training on sexual orientation as it relates to personnel and community issues. He has since been invited
educate FBI staff from across
the country. His most notable media appearances were the Daily News Parade Magazine, Beneton's Colors Magazine,
the Advocate, Tom Snyder's Show, The Christina Show, The O'Reilly Factor, and in HBO's documentary titled 'Why
gay?, Stories of growing up gay in America.' He is continuously moving GOAL towards addressing a wider variety
of social justice concerns.
He has been a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the current mayor and the NYPD on issues that impacted on the GLBT
community and has aggressively spoken out on issues that affect all disenfranchised communities in our city.
As GOAL's President from 1997-2000, he initiated some of GOAL's current projects. They include a campaign to
encourage the Police Commissioner to hire an openly gay NYPD Chaplain, disassociate the NYPD from partnerships
with agencies that
discriminate, like the Boy Scouts of America, and addressing criminal justice system policies that adversely affects
the health and well being of detainees with HIV/AIDS.
In an effort to further address the concerns of people of transgender experience, he is currently assisting
the NYPD in developing policies that would support employees that are considering sex reassignment.
He has received recognition for his work on the Mayor's Police Council by former Mayor David N. Dinkins and
honored as the recipient of GOAL's Charles Cochranne Award, the New York City Comp troller's Community Service
Award, All Out Art's Community Service Award, the Millennium Democratic Clubs Rosa Parks Award for Courage and
Justice, Bailey House's Key Award, the Puerto Rican Initiative to Develop Empowerment's PRIDE Award, and the New
York City Lesbian and Gay Anti-Violence Project's Courage Award.
He has recently chosen to relinquish his post as GOAL's President and Chief Executive Officer in order to increase
his efforts to educate society about LGBT issues and HIV/AIDS with a special emphasis on youth education.
He is currently presenting to students, faculty and school safety police officers in high schools throughout
the state and chairs committees for the Common Threads Youth Empowerment Leadership Program.
Common Threads brings youth together regardless of their sexual orientation for weekend retreats in an effort
to reduce violence, homophobia, racism, and sexism and make schools and communities safer.
He is advisor and adjunct member of the board of The Network of Lesbian and Gay Business and Professional organizations.
The Network is organized to foster communication and cooperation between the New York City area's diverse
lesbian and gay professional organizations. They hold networking and social events, with the participation of our
member groups to raise funds for donation to worthwhile nonprofit lesbian and gay social service youth organizations.
They also sponsor educational forums and panels on subjects of interest and importance to our community.
He is a lead organizer for the New York Coalition for Inclusive Scouting, an organization of concerned citizens
that are working to change the Boy Scout's of America's policy of discriminating against gay and atheist youth
and adult volunteers.
He is also on New York City's first team of criminal justice professionals to go to The Simon Wiesenthal Center's
Tools for Tolerance® National Institutes Against Hate Crimes in California.
He put together a team which included a judge, district attorney, public defender and law enforcement officers
that will educate member's of the criminal justice system and the community at large at a national level about
the proliferation of hate crimes and what must be done to stop them.
October 2000 his team initiated this project by presenting to a packed courtroom of New York Criminal and Supreme
Court Judges about hate crimes and the implementation of New York State's new Hate Crimes Law, which just went
into effect on October 8th, 2000.
He is currently serving as GOAL's Executive Director.
Edgar is also a mentor to an at risk 15-year-old boy named Miguel that is from his birthplace in Harlem. In
March 2001 Edgar was among a group of police officers that will be recognized by the Police Commissioner at a ceremony
in Police Headquarters for his dedication to mentoring our City's youth.
Because his first meaningful experience with LGBT community causes were with St. Mark's Clinic, the Institute
for the Protection of Lesbian and Gay Youth, and the Gay Officers Action League, he has always had a special interest
in assisting any
cause that benefits social justice, LGBT youth, and LGBT health and safety.