RoseAnn Hermann (Director)
When anyone asks RoseAnn what she does, her answer is, “I am an activist, you know, like for marriage equality for same sex couples.” As the mother of three adult children, two of whom are gay, and grandmother to two little ones, one grandchild from each of her gay children, she works tirelessly for their rights, and the rights of all LGBTQ people.
RoseAnn was one of the earliest to complete the Empire State Pride Agenda’s Marriage Ambassador training program, and also volunteered to work with Marriage Equality New York. During the years leading up to passing the Marriage Equality bill in NYS, she developed into a public speaker, public writer, media hound, and very loud advocate for marriage equality. RoseAnn was in the senate chambers when the Marriage Equality bill was passed and helped arrange the celebration at the Greenburgh Town Hall for the first day of same sex marriages on July 24th, 2011. In addition, she is a member of the largest LGBTQS synagogue in NYC, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah (CBST), where she chairs the social justice committee that worked on passing marriage equality. As co-founder, with her husband George Hermann, of Shelter of Peace, a faith based initiative to advocate for homeless LGBTQ youth, the social justice committee is now working on youth homelessness and the role of clergy, and advocating by reaching out to elected officials in Albany and New York’s City Hall for increased funding for shelter beds. She is on the Community Campaign committee of CBST’s capital campaign, anticipating breaking ground on the newest, the largest, and the most public LGBTQS Synagogue in NYC, something she feels the entire LGBTQ community will benefit from. RoseAnn also sits on the HIV Community Advisory Board of Callen-Lorde, and is also the president of VisibleU, an internet marketing and website development firm.
RoseAnn has brought all of this advocacy to The LOFT, before and during her tenure on the board, including visiting Albany and Washington with the LOFT, spearheading the photo project for marriage equality at last year Spring into Pride celebration, firming up the key note speaker, Sassafras Lowrey, at the 2011 LOFT Gala, chairing the screening of March On, The Movie, to a sold out crowd last June, and running phone banking, most recently to make sure the vote to repeal Marriage Equality in New Hampshire would fail, (and it did fail), and having a blast volunteering to ‘gal’ The LOFT table at this year’s LGBTQ EXPO at the Javits Center.
In the next two years, RoseAnn hopes to continue to support the important programs at The LOFT, continue to bring the most current advocacy opportunities to The LOFT community, and continue to enjoy the camaraderie of people she has come to know and very deeply care about