In this Queer & Latinx Faith Conversation Rev. Deacon Pedro Rodriguez, Jr., a social worker in NYC, shares his experiences of providing access to medical care to people with HIV/AIDS and advocating for the health and wellness of people in Latinx and LGBTQI communities.
Rev. Deacon Pedro Rodriguez, Jr. (he/him) was born in Puerto Rico and grew up in Harlem and Washington Heights in New York City. After High School he began his civil service in the NYPD, then after 9/11 and working at Ground Zero, Deacon Pedro served 8 years in the Army. After this time in the military, Pedro went back to school and studied infectious diseases focusing on HIV/STD testing and access to medical Care. From 2018 to 2020 Deacon Pedro was a member of the Faith, Family, Equality Roundtable and was influential in the development of the roundtable’s health and AIDS/HIV resource.
Deacon Pedro has worked as a case manager at United Bronx Parents Inc., outreach liaison for social services at William F. Ryan Healthcare network, linkage to care for LBGTQI youth at Harlem United, and testing manager at GMHC. Deacon Pedro currently works at Mount Sinai Hospital providing social services.
After discerning a call to ordained ministry and completing diaconal training, Pedro was ordained in 2018 as an Episcopal Deacon and has served at various churches in Manhattan and the Bronx. As part of the training, Deacon Pedro completed a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. As a Deacon, Pedro serves in various diocesan commissions/committees.
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