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PHOTO ESSAY BY DONNA ACETO | In a June 15 ceremony produced in tandem with Harlem Pride, Public Advocate Letitia James honored three LGBT leaders for their community service. Above is Brooke Guinan, the FDNY’s first openly transgender female firefighter, seen with her father, FDNY Lieutenant George Guinan, James, and (from l.), George’s girlfriend Lynne and FDNY Assistant Commissioner Michele J. Maglione.  Below, James is with Carl Siciliano, founder and executive director of the Ali Forney Center, which provides housing and social services for LGBT homeless youth across the city. Below that is honoree Alexis McSween, from Bottomline Construction and Development, whom James recognized for her success in creating affordable housing in Harlem. At bottom, Bronx activist Donna Sue Johnson and James L. Goode Jr., aka Junior LaBeija of “Paris Is Burning” fame, are seen.

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The event was held at Hyacinth’s Haven on Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., Boulevard.

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