Kevin Nadal Named to NBC News' #Pride30

June 5, 2018

NBC recognized Professor Nadal, a leading researcher on microaggressions and mental health and the first person of color to serve as executive director of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies at the GC.

Kevin-Leo-Nadal headshot outside

Professor Kevin Nadal (GC/John Jay, Psychology), who was the first person of color to serve as executive director of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies at The Graduate Center, was named a 2018 NBC Out #Pride30 honoree and featured in its Pride Month special program.
Nadal, who is Filipino-American, has published eight books and is a leading researcher on how microaggressions — subtle forms of discrimination — affect the mental health of people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, and other marginalized groups. 
“When I was growing up, I didn’t really have a lot of LGBTQ role models within the Asian-American community to look up to,” Nadal told NBC News. “It’s important for me to be an example of someone who can do work and be more visible to young queer and trans people of color. I want to show them that it’s possible to be yourself, to be accepted by your family, and to be successful and have loving relationships.”
Nadal was nominated for the #Pride30 list, which celebrates inspiring members of the LGBTQ community, by Professor Silvia Mazzula of John Jay.
“I have known Dr. Nadal for 16 years and I have found him to be a genuine, kind, passionate, and inspirational human being who has committed his life to fighting for social justice,” Mazzula told NBC. “He is a trailblazer in so many ways and he continues to inspire so many young people — especially LGBTQ people of color — to reach their dreams.”