Ed Decker, the founding artistic and executive director of the New Conservatory Theater Center, is one of four LGBT Pride Month honorees. He will be honored alongside Selisse Berry of Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, Max Philp of the Gay Straight Alliance Network, and Mike Smith of AIDS Emergency Fund/Breast Cancer Emergency Fund on June 2 at the KQED-TV studios.
What have you given to the LGBT community to be honored like this? I believe it is because we have a program here called Youth Aware. It’s an educational theater touring program that was initially in reponse to the HIV epidemic. We partnered with the federal Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. It serves 20,000 kids every year. Also, for 17 years, we have been a year-round producing LGBT theater for adults. We shine a spotlight on pride and dignity all year round.
How does it feel to be honored? It’s very humbling. I’m not one for honors.
What do you think about the pride celebration being aired for the first time on KQED? I’m very worried that I’ll look 10 pounds heavier, as I’ve got to do a two-minute speech. But it’s great to highlight the kind of work we represent, and all the people who help.