Professor and Social Justice Advocate
Damon Dolabaille (he/him/his) was born in Trinidad and Tobago and emigrated to NY with his family upon his graduation from St Mary’s College in Port of Spain (which is also a seminary). As some fellow students joined the priesthood, and sought to reconcile their developing sexuality with their religious convictions, Dolabaille was called upon to assist in connecting the novitiates with DignityNY, the gay catholic parish. While attending CUNY Lehman College, Dolabaille became an officer with the Bisexual, Lesbian, And Gay Empowered Students (BLAGES), as well as a state representative with the social advocacy powerhouse, New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG).
Many projects in LGBT and women’s rights and equality were the focus of his work. One particular success was creating a campaign to help defeat an anti-LGBT initiative in Colorado. After completing graduate work at Queens College in literary studies and leadership, Dolabaille lent his support to Curry Club NYC, Caribbean Pride, and Chutney Pride. As an educator with the New York City Department of Education and The City University of New York, Dolabaille continues to advocate for social justice as an advisor and Restorative Justice Coordinator.